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27 To Clawson, the presence of wolves exposed human vulnerability in nature. A. "28 Significantly, the wolves had not come for human flesh, but for the large quantities of raw meat that the trapper had cached nearby. As the nineteenth century progressed, and increasing numbers of Euro-Americans encroached on the Yellowstone region, wolves were hounded from traditional territories. Animals often found themselves within the sights of the hunter's gun. Many were killed for their 'crimes,' such as the unfortunate wolf who stole a taste of Sergeant Pryor.

17 The explorers themselves stressed the 'ravages' of wolves along the Yellowstone River. Comments regarding wanton depredations and voracious lupine appetites proved customary fare in Western chronicles. However, trappers, explorers and prospectors travelling through Yellowstone exerted their own toll on resident fauna. Historical accounts abound with references to hunting excursions and tallies of animals killed. "19 Travellers expediently overlooked their own proclivities for killing, and arraigned Canis lupus.

S. national parks. 84 Federal officials believed that the fledgling park system needed all the support it could muster, and thus seemed reluctant to antagonize powerful interest groups. Canis lupus was a casualty of appeasing regional and sporting lobbies. 86 The year before the formation of the NFS, the BBS had been given its strongest mandate to wage war on Western predators. "87 Congress had simultaneously sanctioned predator control and validated park preservation. Both the NPS and PARC subscribed to the principle of protecting animals valued and used by people.

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