Consumer Sentiment on Yellowstone Wolves

In 2021, there were 1,251,912 visitors to the northern entrances. The citizens and businesses of Livingston, Paradise Valley, Gardiner and Cooke City are tied to those visitors for their local economy (see multiple research reports by economists here). How much? Although there are many reasons to visit Yellowstone, the top-ranked reason that visitors come to the northern gateways of Yellowstone is to see wildlife in the northern range of Yellowstone. These visitors indicate that they are here primarily to see wolves and they spend approximately $80 million annually (based on calculation of wolf-dependent spending by visitors in 2005 by Duffield et. al, 2008, adjusted for inflation and the percent increase in visitors). Below are comments from visitors to our rea on their personal viewpoint on wolves, how much they spend in the area, and thank you's to some of their favorite businesses. 

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