He works at the Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center. It is a wildlife rescue center that does a lot of public education about the animals in the center and at Yellowstone. All animals in the center are there because they cannot live in the wild. The wolves in the facility are there because they were bred in captivity at other centers and must stay in captivity. The grizzly bears were removed from the wild because they were dangerous to people. The raptors are there because they have injuries that they are not expected to recover from. The center has been there for about 25 years. He’s only been there for two years and during that time the tourism has been record high. It is a lot of people going through a small town (West Yellowstone). In West Yellowstone, there is a year-round population of around 1,000 people but during the summer it raises to around 30,000 people and that doesn’t include tourist. The town cannot really expand because they are surrounded by national/state forests or parks, so housing is one of the biggest issues for seasonal workers. He believes that picturing the park 100 years from now is difficult because thinking of 100 years ago so many things have changed. Either way he hopes that more people will be invested in learning about wildlife and their surroundings and that people realize it’s worth caring about.
Diaz, Martha N., "Tut Fuentevilla" (2016). The Stories of Greater Yellowstone. 18.
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