As many as 500,000 grey wolves used to inhabit the United States, but one hundred years ago the government implement a nationwide policy of wolf control. This led to the devastating extermination of the wolf population. The apex predators were seen as dangerous pests and were almost entirely eliminated. The population fell to 300 wolves and the species was expected to disappear forever. After the reintroduction to locations such as Yellowstone, it was noticed that wolves are a keystone species essential to the wellbeing of the ecosystem. Other animals were seen returning to the park with the reintroduction of wolves, because the trophic balance was restored. Populations today are above 4,000, but are nowhere near where they need to be. More reintroduction efforts need to take place, but bills are being declined due to the irrational fear of these critical animals. Media continues to capitalize on misunderstanding of many apex predators, but we need to continue to educate about the true nature of these beautiful animals. Take action and sign the petition to help re-establish the wolves in western Colorado - link in my bio. Thank you to the Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center for the experience of a lifetime.