Winter is the best time to watch wolves in Yellowstone National Park, but we often don’t consider what the influx of visitors means for the wolf.
Personally, I love standing in the snow, eye to spotting scope, watching these canines romp in the snow, instruct their pups and go about their everyday wolf-lives. However, it is getting to be a zoo out there–and I mean the people, not the animals.
“Ten years after a successful reintroduction program brought wolves back into Yellowstone after an absence of 70 years, the dust is beginning to settle. However, a new and problematic issue is emerging: the once hated wolves are now beloved. Thousands of people come to watch and photograph them each year. But can the newfound popularity of wolves be too much of a good thing? Join biologist Doug Smith as he fights to keep people from inadvertently loving wolves to death.”