The final unresolved wrinkle concerns the John D. Rockefeller Jr. Memorial Parkway, a 24,000-acre strip of land that connects Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks. It was established in 1972, and hunting is allowed there (no hunting is permitted inside the national parks).
Wyoming wants wolf hunting in the parkway, which is completely unacceptable because wolves that live in the two parks pass back and forth in that strip. The Interior Department should ban all wolf hunts in the parkway.

There are about 250 wolves in Wyoming, excluding those in Grand Teton and Yellowstone. Two years ago wolves were able to range over the entire greater Yellowstone ecosystem, including Idaho, Montana and Wyoming. If Wyoming gets its way — and the Interior Department capitulates again — the only refuge for wolves would be in Yellowstone and Grand Teton, with no safe way of moving back and forth.

The successful restoration of gray wolves in the Rocky Mountains has brought back a predator that has a profound and beneficial impact on the ecosystem. The wolves should be preserved throughout that range. But the Interior Department has given away most of the game. Allowing wolf hunting in the Rockefeller Parkway would damage the very little protection left.