The web has made the world a small place, but a lot of elected and other officials don’t understand that.
Years of borrowing have also made the Dollar a weakling compared to the Euro. International tourists help the American economy a lot, but a number of Wyoming officials are not exactly friendly and try to bullshit folks from places like Germany and Austria who probably know the details of the Greater Yellowstone situation better than they do.
Here is a link to an Austrian web site on some replies received from Wyoming. http://www.fotoshot.at/wolf.htm
WY State Representative Mike Madden in particular (Buffalo, Wyoming and on the local tourism board) seems to be especially undiplomatic. Perhaps he had a bad geography teacher.