Wolf numbers decline in Yellowstone in ’08 | VailDaily.com

Wolf numbers decline in Yellowstone in ’08

YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, Wyo. ” The number of wolves in Yellowstone National Park declined by 27 percent last year.

The 124 wolves counted in 2008 is down from 171 wolves in 2007. It’s the first drop in wolf numbers in the park in three years.

The National Park Service says the wolves died from disease and from killing each other. It says a similar population decline occurred between 2004 and 2005, when overall wolf numbers in Yellowstone dropped 31 percent.

Gray wolves were reintroduced into Yellowstone beginning in 1995. They have spread to areas outside Yellowstone, causing conflicts with domestic livestock.

Federal wildlife biologists have attempted to remove federal protections for gray wolves outside the park, but environmentalists have challenged those attempts.

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