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I took this picture of two wolves at the Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center in West Yellowstone which is just outside the National Park. I cropped the picture a lot to make it visually more interesting. However, with the resizing necessary for TE I think that I have lost some definition but I thought that I would try it. I have included a WS for your interest.

The center has two packs of wolves that were born in captivity elsewhere. They are unable to live in the wild so the Center has given them a home. The wolves have sufficient space to display various natural activities including pack hierarchy.

Yellowstone National Park does have wild packs of grey wolves but we did not see any on this trip. The wolves were reintroduced into Yellowstone in 1995 having been captured in Canada. This reintroduction has resulted in decline in the elk population and changes in the ecological balance. Interstingly, the increase in the beaver population is thought to be a result of the elk grazing more widely and leaving much more of the willow for the beavers.

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Additional Photos by Ann Jackman (annjackman) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1522 W: 0 N: 3658] (18155)
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