conservation saves the wolves!
conservation vs. preservation
conservation is the effort to sustain a space or resource, while preservation is a forest like approach to nature that shields the resource from human influence in order to maintain its pristine wilderness.
Grey wolves once inhabited places all over the north american continent. They have been nearly eliminated over the past century. They have been hunted for their pelt and killed of for feeding off of livestock. It is important that this species make a return to maintain balance in the ecosystem.
ranchers and farmers against wolves
Many public rand ranchers fear wolves for feeding of their livestock. state and federal wild life managers will kill entire wolf packs if just one sheep or calf is suspected of being killed by a wolf. Even if a rancher has turned out their heard right in the middle of a wolf den, the wolves will still be kiled. A solution to this is simply not allowing the heards to graze to closly to wolf dens.
endanged species act saves wolves!
Thanks to the endangerd species act grey wolves have begun to make a remarkable come back to the historic range they onced lived in. In the northern rockies region reintroduction of wolves to Idaho, Wyoming, and Montana, wich started in the mid-1990′s has been a succes!
threat of removal from the ESA
Removal from the endangerd species act threatens to undo all the progress the grey wolves have made. Conserving and protecting this species made a remarkable diffrence in the nummber of wolves thriving in north america.
Ecological benifit of conserving wolves
Wolves keep their preys population healthy by eliminateing the week. They prey on the old weak and diseased animals. They also eliminate the large number of animals that would die and rot creating potential for disease. Preys behavior is also effect by the wolves. If their were no wolves to hunt prey such as elk, they would linger in the same place and over graze. With the return of wolves, elk in places such as yellow stone park, are on the move again. Hiding in thick brush and moving from place to place. Areas that have been over grazed are befing to grow back again.
On average the grey wolf can eat up to 30 pounds of meat in one meal. They can go14 days between meals and be uneffected. A pack can consist of 2-3 wolves or can be10 times as large. Wolves would not make good gaurd dogs because they are naturally afraid of the unfamiliar and would hide. A pups eyes are blue at birth, but will turn yellow by eight months of age. Wolves mate or life, and are very attached to thier packs. Although wolves are afraid of humans, they will sometimes respond to human howls. Wolves are one of the few animals that comunicate with a great range of facial expressions.