Cody – After 20 years, there’s about a hundred wolves in ten packs in Yellowstone. The Park’s wolf biologist told a packed Cody audience elk are doing well in Wyoming, too. While wolf numbers may be holding steady, people’s attitudes may be changing.Dr. Doug Smith captures and studies wolves in Yellowstone. He’s been doing it for decades, and probably knows more about the reintroduced canines in the park than anyone. He says park managers killed the predators in the early twentieth century.Smith explained, “Wolves were gone by 1926. They killed the cougars, lynx, bobcat, coyotes, wolverine…”Wolves were reintroduced to Yellowstone in 1995. Many tourists were ecstatic. But, some people in gateway communities like Cody, were furious. Charges were filed against a federal wolf manager after Park County Commissioners claimed he was ‘littering’ wolves on private lands in the area.

Source: Yellowstone Wolves 20 Years Later