Photo by Jim Peaco--NPS
Updates on Yellowstone
Park's wolf population, and location-territory
courtesy of Yellowstone Gray Wolf Restoration Project
Please note that this
count is likely to include any pup mortalities not yet discovered
Wolves Reintroduced : 14+9 pups-1995
additionally 10 pups were brought in from Augusta,
Mt-1996 = 64
The total wolf population inside Yellowstone Parka
as of January 2013 is estimated to be less than 70 total wolves.
Yellowstone Guide Services---Winter Wolf Viewing, Summer
Wolf Researcher and
Seasonal Park Ranger Rick McIntyre (left)
Bob Landis, Cinematographer and National Geographic Filmmaker (right)
©Kevin Sanders 2012
Winter, and early Spring
is the best time of year to view wolves
in Yellowstone Park, join me for a Yellowstone
wolf viewing tour!
Read over the Wildlife
Viewing Etiquette page prior to your visit. Don't get caught
up in the "herd" or group mentality.
how large the head of #194M's head is, in relation to Deb Guernsey's
body in photo.
Yellowstone Wolves Receive Handouts
Reports of visitors
giving handouts or food to wolves and coyotes in Yellowstone park
have occurred off and on over the years. Visitors were reportedly
observed feeding the Hayden Pack in 2007 at Canyon, and the wolf
recovery team was forced to conduct some adverse behavior modifications
on the pack---firing rubber bullets.
Anyone observing someone
feed or leave food for a wolf, coyote or any other animal in the
park is encouraged to record the license plate and description
of the vehicle, along with the time and location and report the
incident to the nearest park ranger.
past, coyotes have been fed by visitors, only to then attack cross
country skiers and sometimes visitors standing near the roadway
after they became habituated to humans and learn that humans often
have food with them. Wolves could do the same thing, and they also
will loose any fear they have of humans and leave the park placing
them in even greater danger.
FEED THE WILDLIFE!
wolf or coyote comes in close to the road and appears to be begging
or looking for food, it is recommended that you not stop. Just drive
on by, they will live a lot longer if we do so.
Pack Locations in Yellowstone National Park
the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem
The wolf pack territory map is the most up-to-date data that is
available. Information and data is supplied by the wolf recovery
team once per year, but tends to be at least a year behind. For
the most part, the wolf territories remain about the same___+/-,
and are always fluctuating.
Map Updated by Leo Leckie January 2013.
Wolf Location Map Courtesy Yellowstone