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Bob Ream, Witness to Wolf Recovery History

posted Feb 2, 2016, 10:49 PM by chloe owens

12/24/15, by Chris Peterson, Flathead News

Bob Ream, witness to wolf recovery history

Anyone who has ever spent time in the North Fork of the Flathead has probably run across a wolf track, heard their calls or even witnessed a wolf. But it wasn’t always that way. In the late 1800s the U.S. government declared war on the wolf. They were systematically shot, trapped and poisoned for the next 50-plus years, until in 1936, the last known wolf in the American West was killed by a government trapper. University of Montana professor emeritus and biologist Bob Ream began studying wolves in the mid to late 1960s in the Boundary Waters Canoe area of northern Minnesota, where there were still about 300 wolves living…in 1973, he started the wolf ecology project at UM [University of Montana]