Wolves and wolf reintroduction are continuing problems for everyone living in the contiguous states around Yellowstone. None of the "scientific" projections that were proposed by the pro-wolf people back in the 80's anticipated the degree of increase in population and the predation this misguided reintroduction has cost the economies and balance of nature in this area. The pro-wolf biologists were simply wrong about the effects of reintroduction.
Tourists were flocking to Yellowstone long before the wolf was reintroduced so the argument that "sighting wolves" has increased visitation to Yellowstone simply does not hold. Considering what the predators have done to the vast elk herds in the area whatever small benefit the wolf brings is offset by the damage they cause.
The argument that we need to stop hunting wolves in the area because collared "research" wolves are being shot is simply silly. Wolves have been "studied" to death in the last 30 years and every meaningful thing necessary to know about them and their habits is known. The fact that some graduate student in biology "needs" this information for some Phd dissertation or because some university is getting federal funding for wolf research does not mitigate the need to control these predators.
The simply facts are that the pro-wolf people were wrong in reintroducing these things the cost and the damage as well as the controversy is not worth the "value" that wolves bring to the area.