Maggie Howell, executive director of WCC, pointed out that when wolves are given wider protections around other parks it can be greatly beneficial to the whole ecosystem. In Algonquin Provincial Park, in Ontario, Canada, for example, where wolves have been protected for more than a century, hunting in the surrounding areas outside the park was killing off over half of the wolves who lived in the park.
"[Wolves were killed] primarily in winter when their main prey, white-tailed deer, roamed outside the park in search of forage," Howell told The Dodo. "But in 2001, when hunting on the outskirts of the park was banned, an amazing transition began to unfold. Protected from hunting, not only did the Algonquin wolf population hold steady, there was also a rapid transition to more stable, family-based packs ... With added protections, eastern wolves reclaimed their place as a keystone species within the ecosystem."
If similar protections can be adopted for the Yellowstone wolves, Spitfire will not have died in vain.