On Wednesday evening, renowned wolf biologist Doug Smith will give a presentation on wolves in Yellowstone titled “Characteristics of an Unexploited Wolf Population and Management in National Parks.”

Smith is the leader of the Yellowstone Wolf Project, which has collared and tracked wolves for close to a decade to learn their behavior and how they influence the park’s ecosystem.

In 2011, biologists collared an additional 12 wolves from six packs. Almost 20 percent of the park’s 100 or so wolves are collared.

tracking the packs, project biologists determined that wolves killed almost 350 park animals in 2011, including elk, bison, deer and other wolves.

Other Wolf Project research includes wolf diseases, territory use and dispersal, and breeding behavior.

The talk, hosted by the Society for Conservation Biology Research Symposium, will be in the Hager Auditorium of the Museum of the Rockies at 6 p.m. A beer and wine reception will follow.

A $5 donation is requested from people who are not registered for the symposium.