Gray Wolf (Canis lupus)
Gray wolves are the subject of arguably one of the most successful conservation efforts in history. Wolves were nearly eradicated from the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem (GYE) in the early 20th century. Then, in 1995, after decades of discussions and preparations, wolves were reintroduced to Yellowstone National Park (YNP). While riddled with controversy, this is widely considered amongst scientists and environmentalists to be a massive success, and several years after being introduced back to YNP, some of the wolves found their way down to Grand Teton National Park (GTNP). These highly social canines live in packs where they live, hunt, and rear pups together. The first pack in Grand Teton was known as the Teton Pack and formed when a collared female moved south into GTNP from Yellowstone and reared 5 black pups with another collared wolf in 1999.
While the GYE is chock-full of apex predators such as grizzlies, black bears, and mountain lions, none are so revered and storied as the Gray wolf. Learn more about these clever canids.
Written by Timothy Uttenhove
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