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Transcript of Wolf Restoration
the future of the reintroduction under the Endangered Species Act, the Department of
Interior does not appear to be slowing in its attempts to go forward with further
reintroduction. The Department is currently looking and evaluating possible
reintroduction of wolf populations in northern Michigan, Maine, and North Carolina. The Department has also recently gone forward with a plan to reintroduce the Mexican
red wolf into remote areas of New Mexico and Arizona.
What is the issue?
What will happen in the future?
The pros outweigh the cons of reintroduction. Scientists will continue to introduce grey wolves into various population to balance out ecosystems. Grey wolves should be continued to be introduced to controlled locations such as Yellowstone. The wolves have moved from being close to extinct to at least a small sustainable population, however they are still an endangered species. In the future if wolves continue to prosper they could be taken off the endangered species list
Farmers will be hesitant to allow grey wolves back into the population. Many farmers have, in the past, had issues with grey wolves. However they are essential to our ecosystem and there are ways to ensure that grey wolves will not interrupt the farmers or hurt the livestock.
National Park Service
Both for/against reintroduction
Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Vol XCIII, No. 311
What do scientists think?
Scientists notice that reintroducing wolves to nearby parks have sent a ripple affect to the ecosystem of the area in a good way:
The elk population is more under control
The elk are not destroying trees and terrain where the wolves hunt.
The numbers of beavers in the park have drastically increased due to the better availability of plants which scientists attribute to the reintroduction of wolves
Researchers believe that reintroducing the wolves has brought back a balance in the ecosystem they we will continue to see the effects of for many years to come
Why is it important?
There is currently a widespread debate over the wolves in Yellowstone
There are arguments that the reintroduction has helped the ecosystem
People against the reintroduction say that wolves have said they are a threat
From the Drake Journal of Agricultural Law on endangered species and Grey Wolves
Settlers moved west, destroying the gray wolves' natural habit
Wolves' prey base destroyed as settlers introduced new agriculture causing wolves to prey on domestic stock
Farmers wanted to stop this and started to eliminate the wolves and other predator type animals using poison and other methods
By mid-1900s there were almost no wolves anywhere in the United States
By the 1970s no evidence of wolf population even existing at one point was found in Yellowstone
Endangered Species Act of 1973
1994-1995 Canadian wildlife biologists captured wolves in Canada and relocated them to Yellowstone and central Idaho
Many farmers have issues with the reintroduction of wolves because they are afraid for their livestock
Elk and coyote populations have declined
Many people in the area harbor animosity toward the wolves, they see them as a nuisance