Uncategorized

Share: Wolves Start an Ecological Cascade That Shapes Yellowstone Rivers (video)


Screen Shot 2014-10-09 at 10.13.49 AM

I don’t have any stories that focus on wolves in my collection of more than 300 stories of early travel to Yellowstone Park. In fact, mention of wolves is usually confined to reports of hearing their mournful howls in the distance. But I thought this video was so interesting that I’d share it anyway.

Before they were re-introduced to Yellowstone in 1995, they had been gone for about 70 years. When the U.S. Army took over administration of the Park in 1886, the ended hunting — except for predators. On the mistaken assumption that it would benefit other mammals like like and deer, government hunters set out to eradicate animals like wolves and mountain lions.

Removal of the top predators affected the ecology of the park in unexpected ways. Their reintroduction — as this video makes clear — is changing things back.

∞§∞

— Photo taken from the video.

 

 

 

 

2 thoughts on “Share: Wolves Start an Ecological Cascade That Shapes Yellowstone Rivers (video)

  1. Thank heaven you know a copyeditor and proofreader!

    Before they were rein troduced to Yellowstone in 1995, they had been gone for about 70 years. When the U.S. Army took over administration of the Park in 1886, th at ended hunting — except for predators. On the mistaken assumption that it would benefit other mammals like like cattle?? and deer, government hunters set out to kill such animals as wolves and mountain lions.

    Best wishes to you and your family. Becky Menn-Hamblin

  2. Well, Hello, Becky. It’s so nice to reconnect. Are you on Facebook?

    The irradiation of wolves in the west in general probably was driven by concern for cattle, but cattle grazing wasn’t allowed inside the park. The concern there really was elk and deer.

    And I’m always happy that I know copyeditors and proofreaders.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s