Study Shows Wolves' Importance to Ecosystems

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    WASHINGTON (Reuters) -- The loss of once-plentiful wolves in a part of Canada's west allowed the elk population to mushroom, pushing out beavers and songbirds and showing the importance of top predators, Canadian researchers said on Monday.

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    I’ve always been fascinated with wolves. I think they got a bad rap in years past. I might think differently if I were a sheep farmer, although I’ve heard llamas are good protectors of sheep.
     
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    There are similar studies coming out of Yellowstone after the reintroduction of wolves there.

    http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2003/10/031029064909.htm

    The growth of the wolf population and the subsequent reduction in the number of elk has had a positive cascade throughout the ecology of the park.

    I think there is a lesson to be learned in the importance of the top predators to a healthy ecosystem and should lead to a re-evaluation of our management policies of such creatures whether it be bear hunts or marine fishing or any other situation where our activities are having such a negative effect. Long term sustainability is important.
     
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    Did you ever see the 1983 movie "Never Cry Wolf"? It was about the relationship between wolves and rodents, particularly mice, in Alaska.
     
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    Yes, Daisy, one of my favorite movies. Charles Martin Smith is one of my favorite off-the-red-carpet stars. He does a wonderful job in this movie, surpassed only by his role as Terry the "Toad" er "Tiger" in American Graffiti.

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    For the last few years, the Colorado Department of Wildlife has been reintroducing wolves into the Rocky Mountains.
     
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    Nature is a fabric. You can't pull out one thread without messing up everything.
     

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