Consumer Sentiment on Yellowstone Wolves

All of us here in Montana just north of Yellowstone National Park thank you for your business. No doubt you have heard about the drastically increased 2021-22 wolf hunting and trapping season that has led to the death of 18 wolves that primarily reside in the Northern Range of Yellowstone National Park -- 33% of the northern range population. Many of our customers have asked what they can do. We created this page for those who travel to Livingston, Gardiner, Paradise Valley and Cooke City, Montana on vacation so you can express your personal thoughts on the issue, how much you spend in our local area, and what businesses you want to thank for their hospitality. Current wolf harvest counts.

 
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Examples of Feedback on Yellowstone Wolves

We made our first trip to YNP in August 2020 taking along with us our adult children, their spouses & grandchildren, spending $10,000 on lodging, groceries, dining,  horseback riding, fishing licenses, Guided Fishing trip, UTV rentals, and souvenir's all in the state of Montana between Gardiner and Red Lodge. We stayed 10 days in Montana. The most exciting times were spent viewing wildlife in & around YNP. Our biggest thrill was viewing the Junction Butte Pack near Slough Creek. At 60yrs of age, It was truly an amazing & breathtaking experience to see a Wolf in the Wild for the very first time. Not just 1 or 2 but a pack interacting as they should in the Wild. We enjoyed it so, we looked for them every day of our stay. We booked a trip in 2021 & returning in 2022. You can only imagine how saddened we were to hear of the new hunting laws passed against Wolves. Those same Wolves we watched & so enjoyed are most likely no longer. The Wolf that was once protected & free is no longer free because there is an imaginary line where they are baited to cross to meet sure death. Lawmakers of MT & surrounding States, you got it wrong this time. Listen to the Public Outcry & stop it now! Some of favorite local businesses are Skyline Guest Ranch and Guide Service, Bearclaw Bob's ATV Rental, Park's Fly Shop, Gardiner Gifts, Stop the Car Trading Post.

M. Neeley (Texas)

We’ve been watching the news and keeping up with the story about the wolves that barely ventured across the Yellowstone border to chase prey.  We’ve been spending money on vacations there for a long time, so I know you won’t mind my question of “what in the heck is going on?”  Why in the world has this hunting been allowed?  We come because of the amazing wildlife – and you even treat your rentals as a sanctuary for all of it. We bring many friends with us whom we love introducing to this special place. We aren’t crazy. We get that there’s a balance between humans and animals. But this seems over-the-top ridiculous. Seriously, we are wondering if we should look around for another entrance (at least we know where the geysers are) or another place that would protect the wildlife we specifically come to your place to see and appreciate.

R. Quan (Texas)

I am deeply saddened by what is being allowed to happen to the wolves.  As a child my parents and I came to Yellowstone and stayed in Cooke City, MT every year for the entire month of July.  From 1972 (my first year there) to 1980.  Made numerous trips there after I had my 4 children.  The wolves was introduced back into park the same year my last child was born.  I know my husband and myself spent many thousands of dollars out there when we would go (8 times).  And we drove from Ohio. Average cost of our trips and we drove our own vehicles between 9 to14 thousand dollars each trip.  Won't happen until the slaughter of wolves stops.  There is no reason for it and all those trophy hunters that are baiting the wolves to go outside the park should be charged.

L. Koon (Texas)

In November 2021, I came to Montana, spending time in Bozeman, Gardiner and Yellowstone Park. I came for one reason: to see the wolf packs in the northern range, Lamar Valley. I had planned this trip for years after seeing some great stories in the media about the thriving wolf packs in Yellowstone and the state of Montana's efforts to reintroduce wolves. I spent thousands of dollars in airfares, guide services and food and lodging. It was an incredible experience. I spent thousands of dollars and planned to spend thousands more in May 2022. airfares, travel, car rentals, food and lodging and guide services. I had also recommended to many others that they visit Montana to see the wolves...no more, i would never recommend it now, both because the indiscriminate killing of wolves and the loss of a thriving Yellowstone wolf population. There is no sport in hunting and killing wolves for pleasure...

L. Soury (New York)