Yellowstone Wolf 926F Killed For Trophy
926F by Spencer Wilhelm in 2013
The importance of a keystone predator such as the wolf to a balanced and resilient ecosystem is undeniable. Studies also show that since their return over 20 years ago, wolves have delivered an economic boost to Yellowstone’s surrounding communities. University of Montana researchers found that wolves bring an estimated $35M in annual tourist revenue to the region.
Trophy hunting of wolves brings in money too. Wolf hunting licenses cost $19 for residents and $50 for nonresidents.
Perhaps Montana should take a closer look at the economics of wolf hunting. Seems that Yellowstone wolves are worth a lot more alive than dead.