The Nez Perce pack was originally released from their acclimation pen on April 2, 1996. At this time, and unlike any of the other packs, the pack immediately dispersed, appearing to lose the pack unity that biologists had seen in other packs reintroduced in the Park. The two males were traveling in an area that included several cattle operations and not a prime area for wolf populations to inhabit.
Biologists believe that at this stage in the wolf recovery program intensive hands on management of the animals is required. They believe these early actions of moving wolves into prime habitat in and around Yellowstone National Park will contribute to the animals recovery.
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