Feature on Yellowstone’s lead wolf biologist-

Dr. Smith has run the Park’s wolf program for about 14 of the 15 years since wolves were restored to the Park. He helped me learn much of what I know about wolves, especially in the early years.

Day in the life of Doug Smith, Yellowstone wolf biologist. By Michael Gibney. Bozeman Daily Chronicle Staff Writer

About The Author

Ralph Maughan

Dr. Ralph Maughan is professor emeritus of political science at Idaho State University. He was a Western Watersheds Project Board Member off and on for many years, and was also its President for several years. For a long time he produced Ralph Maughan's Wolf Report. He was a founder of the Greater Yellowstone Coalition. He and Jackie Johnson Maughan wrote three editions of "Hiking Idaho." He also wrote "Beyond the Tetons" and "Backpacking Wyoming's Teton and Washakie Wilderness." He created and is the administrator of The Wildlife News.

4 Responses to Day in the life of Doug Smith, Yellowstone wolf biologist

  1. Jim says:

    Journalism is really becoming a joke. Facts are never checked anymore. The canyons are wily because they travel up and down the lamar valley? Interesting.

  2. Salle says:

    There is also a series on wolves that was started in yesterday’s Chronicle by Daniel Persons and Sean Sperry.

    “Wolves on the Range”


  3. monty says:

    Doug Smith’s book (co author Gary Ferguson) “Decade Of The Wolf” was well written & informative. I recommend the book to those who want a good summary of the wolf’s effects in YP. He desrcribes the 1st decade as a “feast for science”.

  4. caleb says:

    Monty, That book is very good and goes into a little more detail than the annual wolf reports.


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