Great Bear Rainforest: Hazardous Or Carnivorous?

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Many people know what wolves are and often assume they are fierce, carnivorous, beasts. Yes, they are carnivorous, but generally speaking, they are not savage beasts that kill everything in sight. They kill what they need for food to survive and often times are under fed, attacking when they feel threatened or their family is in danger. What most people do not know is that not all wolves are the same, and some are very unique and different from the rest. One of these unique species is found in British Columbia 's Great Bear Rainforest. This rainforest is a quiet, peaceful place, and is virtually one of the last places on earth untouched by humans. This rainforest is home to some very unique creatures, including the "Sea Wolf", more commonly…show more content…
Wolves and many other animals have been living in this peaceful, untouched place for centuries, but due to the progress of logging this may no longer be a safe place for them. Logging companies have agreed to spare some parts of the forest, but there is no way to tell if they will leave enough to support these animals. Where there is clear cut logging, often comes other human activities that could endanger the wolves. Not only does clear cutting destroy the habitat for wolves, it also disrupts their main food source the Sitka Deer. Many people may think that clear cutting the forest would benefit the deer, because they get a smorgasbord of food, but in the end they suffer. There may be plentiful food but it will not be as nutritious, but that 's not the most damaging thing. When the thick second-growth forest reaches beyond 15 to 25 years in age, the trees will be spaced much closer together creating a closed canopy, blocking out the sun from the remaining understory vegetation, on which deer depend for…show more content…
After conducting extensive research, scientists have pulled DNA from the wolf scat, which has now provided convincing evidence that coastal wolves have unique genetic characteristics not found in their continental brethren. From all of the wolf research conducted the results have shown that there are about 35 different DNA haplotypes (DNA variation) in all of the global wolf populations(McAllister). Scientists are excited about the coastal wolves because they have found four or five haplotypes that haven 't been identified anywhere else on the continent. Just because they found these haplotypes in the rainforest wolves doesn’t mean that they aren 't found in other wolf populations, but it suggest that it is possible that these wolves have been evolving in isolation for a very

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