08 – The Yellowstone Wolf
Join Alex and Jared as they explore wolves in and around Yellowstone National Park.


Many people, when they think about wolves, think of Yellowstone National Park. And for good reason; it has some of the best wolf watching in the world. But tensions rose when changes to Montana’s wolf hunt along the Park border were made just before the 2021-22 season.

Join Alex and Jared as they explore wolves in and around Yellowstone National Park. They’ll look at how wolves are managed differently depending on where they are on a map, and what that really means for the communities around the Park. Plus, can non-consumptive users help fund wildlife conservation?

Links and resources from The Yellowstone Wolf

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Wolves in Yellowstone Part I: Can hunting and tourism co-exist?

University of Wyoming’s YNP 150th Symposium

Ralph Johnson’s outfitter service: https://www.specimencreekoutfittersandadventures.com/

Montana wolf hunt updates:

Economists have found that wolf watching generates more than $80 million dollars a year for local economies around Yellowstone

‘The Myth of the Non-Consumptive User,’ by Brian Wilkes

Outdoor Recreation and Elk: A Colorado Case Study

Impacts of winter recreation on bighorn sheep in the Tetons: www.tetonsheep.org/denizens

Nathan Varley’s wolf watching service: www.wolftracker.com/

Op-Ed by Nathan Varley: Most Montanans inclined toward wolf conservation, not wolf killing

Montana’s outdoor recreation economy report by Headwaters Economics

Elk in Paradise: Conserving Migratory Wildlife and Working Lands in Montana’s Paradise Valley

DOI: 5-Year Report Shows 101.6 Million Americans Participated in Hunting, Fishing & Wildlife Activities

Why hunting is conservation – Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation

Harnessing visitors’ enthusiasm for national parks to fund cooperative large-landscape conservation

YNP’s Doug Smith Retires: Bozeman Daily Chronicle coverage


Working Wild U is a production of Montana State University Extension and Western Landowners Alliance with support from the Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation, Western SARE and you, our listeners.

Today’s episode was directed and edited by Zach Altman and produced by Matthew Collins, Zach Altman, Alex Few, Jared Beaver, and Abby Nelson.

Our hosts are Jared Beaver and Alex Few.

Louis Wertz is our Executive Producer. Music is from Artlist and Blue Dot Sessions.

Special thanks to Nathan Varley, Eagle Chief, Joyce Hunter, Doug Smith, Taylor Bland, Abby Nelson, and Ralph Johnson.

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Outfitter and guide, Ralph Johnson, pointing out an area along the YNP border where wolves were being legally hunted during the 2021-22 hunting season. Photo by Zach Altman.

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