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    The Celebrity Yellowstone Wolves

    The Yellowstone wolves are collared and named, and are well known to the wolf-watchers of Yellowstone National Park. They were studied by wolf biologists for the effect of their reintroduction on the ecosystem, and they brought in tourist dollars as subjects of professional and lay photographers. The results of Yellowstone studies are confirming their positive influence on the ecosystem.

    As a symbol of reintroduction they became a target for wolf hunters, and there was a competition to see who could kill the named wolves through posts of their pictures. There was online discussion as to whether the term bounty could be used directly or whether it would need to be called a reimbursement for taxidermist fees. The fee to be given to those who kill celebrity wolves was set at $100. The pictures of these wolves were posted prior to hunting with tips on tracking and baiting a collared wolf, with techniques to lure them off protected grounds. Successful kills of celebrity wolves, notably Gypsy, were posted and shared. A number of Yellowstone lovers received images of killed wolves in their inboxes.


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