Bringing back the wolf = bringing back the habitat

  • Decade of the Wolf: Returning the Wild to Yellowstone

  The wolf today inspires polarized emotions. It is viewed by some as a slavering, rapacious killing machine; by others, as the noble symbol of a lost wilderness. In the fascinating Decade of the Wolf: Returning the Wild to Yellowstone, biologist Douglas Smith and nature writer Gary Ferguson seek to sort myth from reality. They describe wolves' actual lives and habits as well as the effects they've had upon the ecosystem of the national park since their reintroduction in 1995.

Those effects are myriad. Willows flourish, riparian zones revive, pronghorn fawns stand a better chance of growing up, and eagles, ravens and magpies feast — all, the authors believe, due to the restoration of wolves to Yellowstone. Smith, head of the Yellowstone Wolf Recovery Project, explains that when wolves are present, elk avoid places with limited visibility, such as brushy riverbanks. Without elk lounging in riparian areas, willow shoots grow and beaver ponds appear. Meanwhile, as wolf packs kill elk and bison, at least 14 other species also thrive by scavenging the carcasses. But coyotes decrease in number, and their prey, such as the pronghorn, rebounds.

The Yellowstone packs regularly draw crowds of awed "wolf groupies." But other people remain violently opposed to wolf reintroduction, illegally shooting or poisoning the animals. Wolves do kill livestock, but the authors argue that they are hated far out of proportion to any damage they cause — perhaps as a remnant of old superstitions that portrayed them as satanic. In the end, they are neither good nor evil, just wild animals facing an uncertain future.

Anonymous
Apr 12, 2007 11:33 AM




What in the world are you smoking to come up with this? It must be pretty good for you to come up with this bunch of Bull sh_t !!! you need to take a better look or get some better glasses because you cant seem to look no further than your education. I know for a fact that the wolf didnt make it a centry ago and will not make it NOW.  What do you think the wolf that you are bringing back is going to eat 10 yrs from now when the Rancher's is gone off the National Forest, The Rancher that is used for the Wolf's Welfare Program to keep them alive long enough to start killing Elk, Here on the AZ. NM. Border the Elk herds are falling fast, The wolf couldnt make it when there was thousands of sheep and thousands of cattle here, lots of deer, and no Elk, now the wolf eats Rancher's Livestock and Elk and Domesticated Animals, How many of your children or family memebers attacked by wolves will it take for you people to look at the full picture, instead of looking at it from a unrealistic point of view meaning, ( Oh ist it nice to have Wolves out in the Forest) And then try to convience the public what you are doing is a good thing. There isnt one good thing about what you People are doing or have done, this Country (USA) is going to sh-t in a hand basket because of a bunch of people like you. All you care about is what you want to belive is good instead of what is really good. I will promiss you all one thing when someone looses there little red riding hood because of the big bad wolf, I think you all better find a cave and hope you dont leave any scent getting in it because it is not going to be a pretty picture.




Anonymous
Nov 26, 2007 11:24 AM

Yes, education. It does wonders. You should give it a try.

Anonymous
Nov 26, 2007 11:24 AM

Yes, education. It does wonders. You should give it a try.