Wolf population declining in Yellowstone National Park

Officials say Yellowstone National Park’s gray wolf population has dropped to about 80 wolves — decrease than half of one of the best population mark in the park.

The Powell Tribune reported on Thursday that whereas park officers is not going to have an appropriate rely until the autumn after surviving pups are seen, the park’s prime biologist, Doug Smith, doesn’t depend on the numbers to rise dramatically after litters are included in population estimates.

Smith says the survival payment of gray pups is nearly 7%.

Smith says Yellowstone had as many as 174 wolves in the park in 2003.

Smith largely blames outbreaks of sickness — along with distemper, mange and the parvo virus — and packs shifting out of the park for the decline.

Smith says the principle cause behind pure mortality is wolves killing wolves.

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