Conserve or Preserve

By: Matt Reynolds

The Gray Wolf

The wolf is the largest member of the Canine family. Gray wolves range in color from grizzled gray or black to all-white. The gray wolf is making a comeback in the Great Lakes, northern Rockies and Southwestern United States.

Conserve vs. Preserve

Conserve: Protect something from harm or destruction.For wild animals it means to still hunt but to put limits on it.

Preserve: Maintain something in its original or existing state. For wild animals it mean to not hunt them at all.

Should we conserve or preserve the Gray Wolf?

We should conserve the Gray Wolf, so the animal does not become extinct. The most common death for wolves is conflict with people over livestock losses. Defenders are working with livestock owners to develop non lethal methods to reduce the chances of a wolf attacking livestock. These methods include fencing livestock, lighting, alarm systems and removing dead or dying livestock that may attract carnivores like wolves. To conserve the Gray Wolf we need to protect their habitat, and outlaw hunting on them.


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