Yellowstone National Park This natural wonders unparalleled beauty inspired the U.S. government to create the world's first national park. For a young country just coming of age in the early 1800s, the discovery of Yellowstone helped define America's identity with its vast, bold landscape.
Today, Yellowstone's identity is closely associated with its powerful, natural geysers such as the ever present: Old Faithful. Old Faithful erupts about every 85-87 nunutes. It is 130-140 feet tall and is magnificent.
The incredible geysers and picture postcard landscape brought Yeowstone its fame.But today, its wildlife population is just as popular.The most contlroversial of these is Yellowstone's wolf population. Until receritly, the wolf was almost extinct.
This world has been obsessed with killing wolves. We have been killing wolves for cenUturies,probably for thousands ofyears. Afraid of the threat wolves would pose to their livestock, governmentbounty hunters in the early 1900s, killed Yellowstone s grey wolves for the price of fifteen dollars a head. They were hunted to near extinction. It would be almost a century before an effort would begin to reverse this damage.
In 1995, Yellowstone's wolfpopulation was almost gone, so Douglas Smith (Yellowstone's Wolf Preservation Project Leader) went to Canada to capture fourteen of the animals in an effort to revive Yellowstone's wolf population. Douglas said:"Catching a wolf is a tough thing to do. And there's nothing more exciting than flying over a wolfin a helicopter. You throw a net over them, they get tangled up, and then you go up and sedate them. When you move a wolf from one location to another, they try and get back home. We held them for about ten weeks inside the pens.'
One of the transplanted wolves in particular, has had a lot to do with the parks wolf repopulation. This wolf, a female known as No.9, is one ofthe park's top breeders, and 70/o of the wolves born in the park today have her genes. Wolves are now the marquee animal in Yellowstone. Many people said it was a lifetime experience seeing a wolfin the wild in Yellowstone.