Why do local residents resent wolves?

Friday, October 18, 2019


I am visiting Yellowstone and staying in Gardiner. I was appalled to learn the wolves are allowed to be killed if they leave the confines of the park. Wolves bring thousands of dollars into the city of Gardiner!

What I want to know is why the locals hate wolves? So I asked around in town and the reasons for this hatred was vague. The answers ranged from them killing the elk to they were brought into a Yellowstone and don’t belong here. Two unacceptable reasons for hating wolves because 1. Wolves only kill the old and sick elk, and 2. Why don’t they belong here?

They are beneficial to the environment of the park and keep the deer and elk herds healthy.

Furthermore, if these wolf haters would learn more about wolves they would see that wolves are intelligent and form strong, loving, family ties?

There is no reason to hate wolves!

Linda Pizzolla

Flushing, New York