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Yellowstone Science Conference looks beyond boundaries for answers

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The 12th Biennial Scientific Conference on the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem is being held over three days this week at Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel, centered on a theme of "Crossing Boundaries." But judging from some of the comments during Tuesday's panel discussions and coffee breaks, it seemed like the conference itself had at times crossed a boundary from the world of esoteric hypotheses posed by cautious researchers into a realm of eager discovery and engaged debate by journalists, advocates and members of the general public. Continue Reading →

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Wolf killed on private inholding within Grand Teton

Officials in Grand Teton National Park are releasing few details about a gray wolf killed Monday on private land inside the park. The individual who killed the wolf contacted Wyoming Game and Fish Department wardens, who reported the shooting to park rangers at approximately 10:30 a.m. Monday, according to a statement released by the park's public affairs office. Continue Reading →

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Wyoming Game and Fish to trap wolves east of Yellowstone for monitoring

A male wolf from the Canyon Pack in Yellowstone National Park crosses the Yellowstone River in pursuit of bison.

The Wyoming Game and Fish Department will be trapping wolves east of Yellowstone National Park in the coming months as part of efforts to monitor populations since the animals were proposed for removal from the endangered species list. As part of its ongoing efforts, Wyoming Game and Fish may conduct scientific trapping operations in several locations during the next few months. Continue Reading →

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Study: Yellowstone elk pregnancies stressed from poor nutrition, not wolves

A University of Wyoming study shows that elk don’t respond frequently enough to threats from wolves to impact body fat and pregnancy rates. Wolves’ effects on elk populations is limited to direct predation, not harassment or stress that leads to lower pregnancy rates or poor body composition, according to the study. Continue Reading →

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Feds move to end protection for gray wolves

Federal wildlife officials on Friday moved to permanently shift responsibility for managing gray wolves to the states, proposing removal of the animals from the list of threatened and endangered species. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said the proposal comes after a comprehensive review has confirmed the successful recovery of gray wolves in the Western Great Lakes and Northern Rocky Mountains. Continue Reading →

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Wyoming wildlife official says wolves unlikely to thrive outside state’s northwestern corner

A male wolf from the Canyon Pack stands in shallow water in Yellowstone National Park.

After nearly two decades since their reintroduction in Yellowstone National Park, population trends show that gray wolves are unlikely to thrive in sections of Wyoming outside the northwestern corner of the state. Many wolf supporters remain dissatisfied with Wyoming's so-called "dual status" management approach, which classifies wolves as trophy game in the area around Yellowstone and as predators elsewhere. But a state wildlife official said Thursday that policy changes won't have much effect on wolf numbers across most of the state. Continue Reading →

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Yellowstone crowdsources visitor photos to help study wolf disease, dynamics

Researchers with the Yellowstone Wolf Project are raising money for a website that will collect and archive visitor photos to help track mange, an infectious disease that causes skin lesions and fur loss. (NPS file photo by Ryan Kindermann - click to enlarge)

A Penn State University graduate student working on the Yellowstone Wolf Project has launched an Internet campaign to raise funds for a website that will let visitors upload wolf photos along with location information and other data. The goal is to track the spread and progress of sarcoptic mange among individual wolves and packs. But the effort could also prove helpful to other areas of wolf research. Continue Reading →

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Wyoming game officials investigating illegal wolf kills near Grand Teton

Yellowstone wolves are the focus of a new video released by the Yellowstone Park Foundation promoting collaring and other research efforts. (NPS photo - click to enlarge)

Wyoming Game and Fish Department officials are seeking information about the illegal killing of two gray wolves in the Gros Ventre area near Jackson, Wyo., east of Grand Teton National Park. Two wolves shot in separate incidents in December were both poached—killed in a way that doesn't comply with the state's wildlife and hunting laws—officials said in a statement released Tuesday. Continue Reading →

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