Wolves Win for Yellowstone

In 2006, the University of Montana released a unique study where they measured the economic impact the wolves of Yellowstone have on the surrounding economy. The study disproves decades of anti-wolf arguments brought by local ranchers and gives economic and environmental advocates even more to back them up.

The study, prepared for the Yellowstone Parks Foundation, was conducted over a period of 5 years and found that the wolves of Yellowstone bring $35 million in tourism to the region every year.

Why should Yellowstone kill wolves when they bring $35 million to the region whereas the entire ranching industry may lose a few thousand dollars in total? It feels like we can come up with a solution to this problem that doesn’t involve killing wolves and allows ranchers to be compensated or purchase taller fences.

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2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. K. M. Coile
    Oct 29, 2011 @ 01:23:33

    We took the family to Yellowstone this summer for our first big camping trip with a 5 and 7 year old. I’d been before but never camped inside the park. It was spectacular and our only regret was that we weren’t able to see a wolf. We saw all sorts of wildlife but REALLY wanted to see a wolf! I hope they stop the killing it definitely is a big money draw, as evidenced by the wolf t-shirts and all sorts of other touristy stuff they well there.

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