The latest issue of Yellowstone Science will be dedicated to Yellowstone wolves, from reintroduction to the present.
According to a Yellowstone press release, the issue is a celebration of wolf restoration, and will feature articles dedicated to scientific research projects and findings on Yellowstone wolves since they were reintroduced in 1995. You can see the cover below.
According to P.J. White, Wildlife & Aquatic Resources Branch Chief at the Yellowstone Center for Resources, “The restoration of wolves to the Yellowstone area was a transformational event because it completed the restoration of native, large carnivores in the ecosystem, which is a remarkable, though controversial, achievement.”
Support for the issue came from both the Yellowstone Association and the Yellowstone Park Foundation. From a Yellowstone press release:
Dozens of collaborators contributed to this important issue which offers a “view into the complicated, rewarding world of bringing wildness back” wrote Doug Smith, the issue’s guest editor and Yellowstone’s Wolf Project leader.
The issue begins with thoughts about lessons learned since wolf reintroduction from former Secretary of the Interior Bruce Babbitt, who oversaw the reintroduction in 1995. Additional articles present recent research on wolf territoriality and inter-pack aggression, infectious diseases, and wolf predation dynamics. A comprehensive list of wolf facts, thoughts about wolf-watching from longtime park employee Rick McIntyre, and the cover artwork of Emily Harrington make this issue a compelling read for anyone interested in learning about wolves and their influence on Yellowstone National Park.
The issue is currently available in both online and print, with issues currently being mailed to subscribers. Yellowstone encourages visitors to consider reading a digital copy, to cut down on printing costs. A free PDF of the issue is available here.