More than 200,000 gray wolves (Canis lupus) once lived throughout the United States. However, wolves were eradicated from most of the country by the mid-1930s.
Reintroduced to Yellowstone National Park and Central Idaho in 1995 and 1996, wolves have been recovering steadily. Now federal officials are attempting to eliminate protections for wolves, allowing states to kill as many as 70% of the wild wolves in Greater Yellowstone and the Northern Rockies.
For more than 35 years Defenders of Wildlife has been a leader in the fight to restore wolves in the American West. This blog is meant to serve as an open forum for the many people interested in this highly controversial and passionate issue.