National Park The Brawl of The Wild

National Park The Brawl of The Wild A plan for reintroducing wolves touches off a howling argument

Wolves roam through our racial memory, howling beyond the firelight, scaring the hell out of us. But they no longer roam in Yellowstone National Park, except as rare transients, prowling south from Canada. The last resident wolves in the big park were exterminated by Government hunters by the late 1920s. That was a time when animals were thought to be good (elk and bison, for instance) or bad. Wolves had been pursued in the West as if they were not merely bad, but evil. Cattlemen lost entire herds to harsh winters, then spent enormous, irrationally large sums of money taking vengeance...

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