Sixty years after the extirpation of wolves in the Northern Rockies and Great Plains of America, biologist and ecologist in Yellowstone National Park reintroduced wolves into a declining ecosystem that once thrived during their presence. The reintroduction brought immense controversy into the West and continues to stir outrage among anti-wolf groups. These anti-wolf supporters argue wolves are ruthless predators that cause destruction to natural environments and livestock. Conversely wolf advocates and scientists suggest that wolves are a keystone species that are essential to the natural regulation of our Western ecosystems. Although pro and anti-wolf advocates can agree that wolves have an effect on livestock, ungulate populations and ecosystems, …show more content…
Tony Bridges an anti-wolf supporter and writer, claims that this foreign species is, “much larger and more aggressive” (Bridges, 2011), than the wolves that previously existed here. This claim is formed from the understanding that the wolves reintroduced in the lower 48 states, were transplanted from various parts of Alberta and British Columbia in Canada. Consequently this, “larger and more aggressive subspecies...has destroyed big game populations in many areas and are making a serious impact on elk, deer, moose and all other big game animals throughout their ranges” (Bridges, 2011).
Bridges believes that the reintroduction was carried through in order to spite hunting privileges of citizens. He protests,
“The biggest threat to hunting today are self-proclaimed "environmental" organizations, who want to control our outdoor resources…Not for their love of wildlife or the environment...but because it is profitable...and at the top of their priority list is to allow the spread of an apex predator that never existed in the lower 48” (Bridges,
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Jimmy Carter wrote this essay to persuade his audience that industry should not develop Arctic National Wildlife Refuge for its resources . Carter used evidence, such as facts and examples to support his claim. In Carter’s writing, he clearly shows the reader how the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge remains America’s last truly great wilderness. Many animals live there, for example, the polar bears, caribou, Dall sheep, and wolves.
In the editorial by Ron Judd titled “Why returning grizzlies to the North Cascades is the right thing to do” found on the Seattle Times’ website, Mr. Rudd states his case for the reintroduction of Grizzly bears into the North Cascade Mountains of Washington State. He makes the argument that fatal interactions between hikers and bears are not a valid argument against reintroduction because the rarity of these encounters and the rarity of aggressive bears. He also cites some of his personal experiences encountering these animals and both his own and their reaction. Mr. Rudd uses this information to paint a picture that the bears are not as dangerous as commonly believed, using as an example the presence of grizzly bears in Yellowstone National Park which sees many more visitors than the North Cascades. Another point that Rudd discusses is his belief that bears are an important part of the wilderness experience, he shares his feelings after one of those encounters: “With senses heightened off the charts, it was as if I had stopped observing the natural world, and for the first time, stepped all the way into it.
Before travelling to the Barren Grounds and writing about the people inhabiting that land, Farley Mowat travelled to the Northwest Territories as a government biologist. He had been sent on a mission to figure out the extent to which wolves were responsible for the declining caribou populations of the North. While in the Northwest Territories, Farley discovered that it was trappers who were largely responsible for the disappearance of caribou, not wolves. This finding led Farley to write a book titled, “Never Cry Wolf”. In this book, Farley discussed his beliefs concerning animals such as wolves and he used his platform to spread the message that wolves are not bad like we portray them to be.
One important aspects of the restoration of the ecosystem is the reintroduction of organisms that are locally extinct (D. Manning et al, 2008). The first proposal for the reintroduction of wolves to the Scottish Highlands was in the 1960s, at that time the majority of the proposals were unfounded and without scientific credibility .Currently the (Scottish Natural Heritage) which is the government organization responsible for wildlife and habitats in Scotland , have no plans to consider reintroduction of wolves (The Wolves and Humans Foundation). Problems with complex social economic or organizational Interactions and cannot be solved fully are considered as a wicked problem (Lucky, 2009), therefore reintroduction of wolves to Scotland could be considered as a challenge and when it comes to challenges wicked problems are the most difficult (Nixon, 2012). In previous years many researches had multiple views points to characterized wicked problems (Rittel & Webber (1973), Ritchey (2005), Robert Horn (1980), Jeff Conklin (2000), Roberts (1997, 2000, and
A night too deep It's been like three years since I shortly mentioned Night Wolves in my ScanBike editorial. Coming to summer 2016 a lot has happened. Recently, the finnish media has been covering a russian MC leader, who has not got the faintest idea of very basic historical facts since WWII.
Their characteristics of being protective when they feel threatens become a reason that people think they are wild and meant to be shot. People are taking their habitats, shrinking their land to a smaller portion, just for building agriculture fields, industrial places and roads. It is not fair for wildlife. Fortunately, some people start to care about those animals, meanwhile a number of agencies held in order to protect them. More people should be aware of that each variety of animal is a crucial role in the balance of the
Hellhounds are found across the world and can be found in many different religions, as well as many myths and legends. The most notable would have to be Cerberus from Greek mythology. This three headed hound is known for being the guardian of the gates of the underworld. Due to this, many people believe that hellhounds are guardians of the places where the dead rest. Many have claimed that they have seen large black, jackal-like hounds wandering past cemeteries or tombs.
Now that there is more wolves, there needs to be more food and there isn’t enough deer or rodents so the wolves go for the livestock. Also with the wolf population rising that means there is a decrease in the deer population witch upsets many hunters. Since wolves were almost extinct in the 1930s there population has only rose and is getting bigger every single year (Zhang). Now that the population had rose a great amount since then a lot of hunters and farmers think that we should be able to hunt them and regulate their
Theodore Roosevelt said “speak softly and carry a big stick” some people have no idea what he means by this quote, We never thought wolves would become as much of a problem until now. I believe the wolf population is happening right under our noses and we don't even know it yet. Even though the wolf numbers might not recover, wolves should be hunted because wolves are killing large numbers of deer and livestock and wolves are endangering humans and farmers. Many people believe that the wolf population will not recover if the humans continue to hunt them,or increase our hunting on them. ”The latest population survey results estimate that 470 wolf packs lived in Minnesota's wolf range this past winter, 212 more wolves than estimated on the survey conducted in winter 2013”.(DNR).The wolf population is increasing when people are worried that it won't be able to recover from hunting and that they should be endangered.
Have you ever heard the deafening trumpet of an elephant or witnessed the quick and sudden turns of a cheetah? These natural wonders are merely a fraction of the countless species that compose the complex web of life on Earth. However, the continued presence of these creatures is becoming increasingly jeopardized, as human activities like habitat destruction and poaching are carried out. Enter the wildlife protection community, a network of passionate individuals who devote their efforts to preserving endangered species and their associated habitats. The wildlife protection community is a committed group of individuals who recognize the importance of conserving these creatures and their natural surroundings in order to maintain biodiversity,
In both of these articles by Christine Dell’Amore and Matt Miller, they discuss how these top predators impact the island, why they are they important, and should humans interfere? On the island of Isle Royale, there is a variety of animals that mostly just consume vegetation; therefore, they need wolves to balance out the food chain. But, the island is only accessible during the winter when stable ice bridges are created. Unfortunately, the ice bridges have not been forming due to warmer winters. Leaving a small count of wolves on the island with no new genes to mix in.
Pro-Hunting Argument To hunt or not to hunt, many see it as a negative and its being cruel to animals. Other think if humans keep hunting, animals are going to go extinct. But what many don’t know is how much hunting helps animals and the conservation of animals. People that don’t know what really is going on they always head toward the negative. I’m Going to explain how hunting helps wildlife and how Hunting permits are good because they help maintain animal conservation.
There is an estimated 60,000 wolves in Canada. Farley Mowat studies the grey wolf in his book Never Cry Wolf (1963). Throughout the book, Mowat uses the rhetorical strategies pathos, logos, and personification to disprove the misconception about wolves. The book is about a scientist (Farley Mowat) that flies into the Canadian Barrens in order to research wolves. His goal is to prove that wolves are killing thousands of caribou for sport, but he find that the wolves are not to blame for the decrease in caribou populations.
Werewolves, for as long as we have known about them, are monsters who shape-shift from humans to monsters, making them unable to detect. It’s almost as if werewolves have two identities, its human and wolf counterparts. In Cohen’s thesis, he states that monsters express culture and cultural differences. Monsters embody the fears, anxieties, and desires of a culture. The monster represents something else, and is more metaphorical.
Predators are like robbers of their prey’s life. Once one is caught, predators never let go. While some may argue that being in a zoo will affect an animal’s hunting skills, it’s not always the best plan to let endangered animals free in the wild. It stands to reason that society should continue keeping our animals safe from danger in