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"On the Rocks" to feature Yellowstone wolf specialist

UMW News Bureau

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The last On the Rocks presentation of the academic year will take place Monday, April 20 at 4:15 p.m. in Block Hall 311 with a talk about wolves in Yellowstone National Park by Dough Smith.

The title of Smith’s presentation is “Yellowstone Wolves: The Real Story with No Politics.”

Smith is currently the project leader for the Yellowstone Gray Wolf Restoration Project in Yellowstone National Park. For the past 27 years he has devoted his life to the study of wolves. Smith has authored or co-authored such publications as “Yellowstone After Wolves,” “Wolf-Bison Interactions in Yellowstone National Park,” “Winter Severity and Wolf Predation of a Formerly Wolf-Free Elk Herd” and many others. He has co-authored two books: “The Wolves of Yellowstone (1996)” and “Decade of the Wolf (2005).”

National Geographic and a British Broadcasting Corporation special have interviewed Smith about his work with wolves.

On the Rocks is a visiting speaker series sponsored by the environmental sciences department of the University of Montana Western. Smith’s presentation is free and open to the campus and community.