The Yellowstone Wolf Project
Photos: NPS (left), Matt Ludin (right)
Regarded as dangerous predators, wolves almost became extinct in the United States due to extermination efforts and loss of habitat.
Although the importance of wolves as part of a naturally functioning ecosystem is better understood, continued research and monitoring of their impact is considered a high priority for Yellowstone. To facilitate monitoring and research, YNP maintains radio collars in all wolf packs within the Park. Wolf project staff monitors demographics, life history, dispersal, distribution, disease, genetics, predator-prey dynamics, and ecosystem impacts.
Yellowstone Wolf Project Updates
Flight Log from the Yellowstone Wolf Project:
Notes from the Field:
Research Collaring 2012:
Yellowstone Wolf Project Annual Report
Did you know Yellowstone Wolf Project volunteers logged more than 6,000 hours in 2012, or that a total of ten wolf packs occupy Yellowstone? This recently published 2012 report summarizes Yellowstone's wolf packs, their territories, and the important findings from the year.
How to Support the Yellowstone Wolf Project
The Yellowstone Park Foundation (YPF) has funded 70 percent of the Yellowstone Wolf Project since 1995. While the federal government provides funding for basic monitoring, YPF donors support the project's equipment needs, long-term research on the impacts Park wolves have on the ecosystem, sufficient aerial monitoring, and the seasonal staff necessary to run the project effectively on a day-to-day basis. Learn about the number of ways you can directly support the Yellowstone Wolf Project.
To begin or renew your Yellowstone Wolf Project support today, please use our convenient online donation form. Be sure to write "Yellowstone Wolf Project" in the comments section of the donation form. Alternatively, you can print and mail the Yellowstone Wolf Project donation form.
For more information about donating to the Yellowstone Wolf Project, please contact:
Adopt a Yellowstone Plush Wolf
To help raise awareness about the protection of Yellowstone’s spectacular native species, and to support the critical wildlife conservation work of the Yellowstone Park Foundation, we offer a special opportunity for you to Adopt a Yellowstone Animal!
Your symbolic adoption will help YPF support projects such as the multi-year Yellowstone Wildlife Health Program, wolf monitoring and research, and the protection of the Yellowstone Lake ecosystem through the preservation of Yellowstone cutthroat trout.
A 12” Wolf and 12" Cutthroat Trout are available. With your adoption donation, you will receive:
To adopt a Yellowstone Plush Animal visit www.ypf.org/adopt.