Hazing wolves in Yellowstone NP? Head wolf biologist re-thinking former opposition to idea
JACKSON — Wolf biologist Doug Smith wants to smarten up Yellowstone’s wolves.
As Yellowstone National Park’s senior wildlife biologist, Smith has witnessed naive, habituated wolves being hunted down easily outside of the park, where people can legally point rifles instead of cameras. Since wolf hunting seasons outside the 2.2-million-acre park’s borders in Montana, Idaho and Wyoming aren’t going to come to an end, Smith wants to start teaching wolves a life-saving lesson: People aren’t safe.