Audio: Soule on Wolves

A conversation with conservation biologist Michael Soule.

  • Michael Soule
    JT Thomas

High Country News contributing editor Michelle Nijhuis talks with Michael Soule, the father of conservation biology, about his excitement at the prospect of wolves returning to Colorado, the role of private land in wildlife conservation, and why he took up hunting as an adult.

This piece accompanies Prodigal Dogs, Nijhuis' story about wolves returning to Colorado.

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Anonymous says:
Feb 10, 2010 07:17 PM
Professor Soule thinks wolves "just aren't going to be able to survive on public lands, except in National Parks . . ."? (4:37)

Amazing. Somehow or other, we have a population of about 1,600 wolves in WY, MT, and ID, the vast majority of them outside Yellowstone, Glacier, and Grand Teton. Latest figures for YNP show just barely over 100 wolves in the park. Where are the rest of the wolves (1400 or so) in the three states living? Most lethal control of wolves takes place on private land due to coflicts. So, the non-park public lands must be able to support quite a few wolves.
Anonymous says:
Feb 14, 2010 05:06 PM
Stever, ID has a lot of Wilderness designated land- Frank Church Wilderness, Sawtooth etc. MT has a few Selway, the "Bob"- wolves are in the Wilderness, not just National Parks.
Anonymous says:
Feb 14, 2010 05:07 PM
sorry, Steve, not Stever.