WHY WOLVES?

To understand wolves, it's important to understand the value they offer to healthy ecosystems.
Why Are Wolves Essential?
Wolves are the largest member of the dog family (canidae). The Adaptable gray wolf (canis lupis) was once found all the way across the Northern Hemisphere. When humans began to establish sedentary, agrarian societies wolves became the enemy of our domesticated flock and a source of fear for the nomadic traveler, and have since been demonized in history and literature throughout the ages.

Resources

Links
http://animals.nationalgeographic.com/animals/mammals/wolf/
http://canislupus101.blogspot.com/p/reasons-why-we-need-wolves.html

  1. A MAMMALIAN PREDATOR–PREY IMBALANCE: GRIZZLY BEAR AND WOLF EXTINCTION AFFECT AVIAN NEOTROPICAL MIGRANTS J.Berger et.al. Ecological Issues in Conservation. Aug.2001
  2. Predator-Prey Management in the National Park Context: Lessons from a Transboundary Wolf, Elk, Moose and Caribou System. M. Hebblewhite. University of Montana, College of Forestry and Conservation.
  3. Responses of elk herd size to fine-scale spatial and temporal variation in the risk of predation by wolves. S. Creel & J.A. Winnie, jr. Animal Behavior, March 2005.69, p.1181-1189
  4. Gray Wolves as Climate Change Buffers in Yellowstone. C.C. Wilmers & W.M. Getz. March 2005. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pbio.0030092
  5. Wolves modulate soil nutrient heterogeneity and foliar nitrogen by configuring the distribution of ungulate carcasses. JK.Bump et.al. Ecology. 2009 Nov; 90(11):3159-67

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I want to thank you backā€¦ Keep up all your wonderful work.. These beautiful wolves are one of the most incredible animals on this planet.
Patricia Hawkins-Weibel