He started working at Yellowstone in the spring of 1994 worked in many other areas and transferred to that area to help with the education of the wolf reintroduction proposal. When Yellowstone became the first national park in 1872, there was a program to kill the wolfs native to the area. The last original wolf in Yellowstone was killed in 1926. It took the park a long time to realize the mistake it was to kill a native animal. The plan to reintroduce wolves to the park took many years. The final plan involved catching wild wolves in Canada, bring them to the park, allow each pack to become acclimated to the area, and then release them. In January 1995, 14 wolves (3 packs) were brought from Alberta, Canada. In January 1996, 17 wolves (4 packs) were brought from British Columbia, Canada. The Native American tribes perform ceremonies to wish the wolves good luck and a long life in the park. The wolf population now is about what it was before the park rangers began hunting them. He hopes 100 years from now the Yellowstone management does not give up when confronted with a crisis. He hopes that they know that there is always a way to correct or resolve any situation; just like the management before them.
Diaz, Martha N., "Rick McIntyer" (2016). The Stories of Greater Yellowstone. 15.
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