From the Powell Tribune in Wyoming:

The number of wolves in Yellowstone National Park has risen in the past year, according to Doug Smith, the park’s senior wildlife biologist.

Park officials believe there were 80 wolves in Yellowstone last year, as compared to 94 — living in eight separate packs — this year, Smith said during a live presentation on Facebook last week.

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From the Billings Gazette:

Yellowstone National Park wildlife biologists will broadcast on Facebook Live each Tuesday at 11 a.m. MST in March to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the return of wolves to the ecosystem. Speakers will conclude each session by answering questions.

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From the Jackson Hole News & Guide:

Ken Mills noticed something amiss with the Pinnacle Peak Pack while flying over the National Elk Refuge in mid-January during his routine wintertime wolf census.

To the veteran wildlife biologist’s eye, the bedded down wolves looked “nervous” and “disturbed.” One howled. The Wyoming Game and Fish Department wolf biologist then switched his telemetry equipment over to the Huckleberry Pack, typically denizens of northern Jackson Hole. The reason for the edgy body language soon became clear.

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The day the wolves arrived in Yellowstone National Park was busy. At least that’s how Norm Bishop remembers it.

The wolves came in aluminum crates on horse trailers Jan. 12, 1995. Passing through the gates, the Canadian-born carnivores were the first of their kind in the park in decades, other than the occasional rumor or random sighting.

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From the Casper Star Tribune in Wyoming:

A new bill introduced in the Wyoming Legislature this week would create a new compensation program for ranchers whose livestock is killed or damaged by gray wolves outside of game hunting zones, providing new flexibility for those grappling with a protected species often blamed by ranchers in the Mountain West for losses to their herds.

Sponsored by Rep. John Winter, R-Thermopolis, the legislation would create a $90,000 fund to compensate ranchers for any losses related to gray wolf attacks, and would be active for two years.

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