Historically the Gray Wolf (Canis lupus) was widespread throughout most of North America. Although government sources say wolves were eliminated from Illinois by 1860, newspaper articles show that wolves were still being killed in Illinois as late as 1930.

With wolves having been reintroduced into Yellowstone National Park in 1995 wild wolves are spreading out into different states.  Northern Minnesota has also been one of the last havens for wild wolves in the lower 48.  There have been several reports for Illinois.

I have seen wild wolves in Yellowstone and with spending extended visits in wilderness areas out West I hope one day to get audio recordings.

In September of 2009 I spent the morning touring the Wolf Education & Research Center located in Winchester, Idaho

This is Randy Stewart, Education Coordinator, for the facility.

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