MAMMOTH HOT SPRINGS, Wyo. - There were photographers taking pictures of photographers, and another group of photographers taking pictures of them, when wolves came back to Yellowstone National Park.
Company reporter Kelly Crowe called the frenzy inside the park's
northern border "typically American. I don't think we'd have this
kind of circus atmosphere, but Canadians are a little more
"I've never worked on a story that
has given me so much pleasure," " said Ed Vulliamy, a Washington,
D.C.-based reporter for the London Observer. "Being here is my
reward for spending two and a half years in Bosnia."
Vulliamy said Londoners are keeping a keen eye
on Yellowstone because what's unfolding here is a story relevant to
humans around the globe.
"It's a wonderfully
symbolic story about people coming to their senses," " he said.
"Hopefully, America will be able to show the rest of the world how
to do it once again." "
Chicago resident Steve
Holz was in the park on vacation. He said he hadn't followed the
story too closely from the Midwest, but once inside the park he was
quick to take a side.
"I can see why people are
concerned, but the thing that I don't understand is that it all
seems reversible," " he said. "So why not give it a try and see if
it works?" "
Gary Johnson, a TW Service employee
who drives a snowcoach in Yellowstone, said park visitors were
confused by all the commotion.
coming up to me all the time wanting to know what all the hoopla is
about," " he said. "This is bigger than O.J. Simpson, as far as I'm
Most of the scores of reporters
and photographers on the scene never even got a glimpse of the
wolves. Only a handful of designated "pool'" reporters and
photographers saw the animals as they were placed in the one-acre
pens in the Lamar Valley. The rest were forced to get their stories
from videotape of the event.
Cheryl Matthews said that in recent weeks her office has been
inundated with calls from reporters around the world who want to
know more about the wolf story. Her press release list has grown to
about 150 news organizations, she said, and now that the wolves are
here, she doesn't expect the intense interest to wane.