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The Heroic Wolf: Are Wolves the Key to Saving the Canada Lynx?

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A new study in Wildlife Society Bulletin argues that wolves could help the recovery of Canada lynx in the US by allowing snowshoe hare populations to bounce back.

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Kathy Chadwell (354)
Wednesday August 31, 2011, 3:53 pm
Excellent article Cal
As top predators, wolves play a huge role in the ecosystem: they not only rein-in populations of their prey, such as elk and moose, but also keep a tight leash on 'mesopredators'.

Not to mention wolves keep themselves in check, they mate for life (how many humans can say this) only the alpha male & female have puppies, the the entire pack adopts and helps raise them. Humans are over populating this planet.

Mary T (178)
Wednesday August 31, 2011, 4:31 pm
Thanks Cal for posting this excellent article.

Lin Penrose (92)
Wednesday August 31, 2011, 7:45 pm
Thanks Cal, Too many embedded adverts for my land-line/dial-up. However, the predator/prey relationships and balances are intricate. Humans, virus, some bacteria & other parasites may be the only predators who don't know when to quit killing or injuring the hosts and upsetting the balances between many other lifeforms. The wolf and lynx, top predators with some shared prey, are good examples of the complexities. We humans are a good example of the more parasitic type. As predators, we are so afraid of competition for resources, we have forgotten how important others are in the balances of True and continued survival in this world. Also, we are cowards in facing basic truths.

pam w (139)
Wednesday August 31, 2011, 8:06 pm
SHHHHHH! Don't tell Sarah Palin there are wolves in Canada!

Aletta Kraan (146)
Wednesday August 31, 2011, 8:17 pm
Wont tell Sarah , thanks for the article !

Past Member (0)
Thursday September 1, 2011, 12:55 am
Awesome article, thanks for posting it, noted!

Andreia Capelo (15)
Thursday September 1, 2011, 1:24 am
Great article.
Thanks Cal :P

tracey p (81)
Thursday September 1, 2011, 1:57 am
The importance of the wolf is underestimated. Very, very interesting article.

Danuta W (1248)
Thursday September 1, 2011, 2:47 am

Cheree M (46)
Thursday September 1, 2011, 4:27 am
Noted. TY

KS Goh (0)
Thursday September 1, 2011, 5:15 am
Thanks for the article.

Suzanne Hall (7)
Thursday September 1, 2011, 8:43 am
Great article, thanks for posting! Top predators are absolutely necessary to keep all the lower predators in check.

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Thursday September 1, 2011, 10:04 am

Brenda Towers (0)
Thursday September 1, 2011, 10:12 am
Noted. a great article.

Past Member (0)
Thursday September 1, 2011, 10:34 am
Yeas! Saved the article. ty Cal.

Megan Camarena (5)
Thursday September 1, 2011, 10:54 am
Three cheers for wolves! Finally, they are starting to get credit for their very important place in our world.

Past Member (0)
Thursday September 1, 2011, 11:34 am
Thanks Cal. Great comment Pam. If $ara doesn't know her geography any better than she knows US history, she probably doesn't know...and we'll keep it that way.

Robert O (12)
Thursday September 1, 2011, 1:23 pm
Good one pam w. If Palin knew there were wolves there, she'd probably hunt those down as well. Thanks Cal.

Tami Mendoza (61)
Thursday September 1, 2011, 2:13 pm

Lisa N (206)
Thursday September 1, 2011, 2:39 pm
Noted, thanks Cal!

michelle m (41)
Thursday September 1, 2011, 3:19 pm
Shme on that animal abusing Palin bitch.I loathe her.Horrid humans will wipe these poor animals off the map in no time

Past Member (0)
Thursday September 1, 2011, 4:27 pm
thank you

Past Member (0)
Thursday September 1, 2011, 4:28 pm
I love the lynx, wild and free.

Sue M (0)
Thursday September 1, 2011, 4:58 pm

colleen p (38)
Thursday September 1, 2011, 5:29 pm
Canada has lots of wolves. that is where the Yellowstone ones came from

colleen p (38)
Thursday September 1, 2011, 5:33 pm
Kathy C. ( oops I forgot to add. the reason only alphas breed, is because in the wild(not a fenced in area) a wolf pack is a family.most people would not dream of having babies with their parent or sibling.
I guess wolves don't like doing the same.

or so I am told.

Julia R (295)
Thursday September 1, 2011, 11:41 pm
Wolves play a major role in maintaining healthy ecosystems which many of the politicians don't seem to get and still unenlightened attitudes about these animals, even in our more modern world, echo back to a time when wolves were completely killed off throughout the lower 48 states. Although, I think the reintroduction of more wolves into lynx territory, could help the lynx recover due to the wolves keeping the coyote population in check, with the current mentality of governors that we see in the Northern Rocky states, I feel ambivalence about this plan as I think it will just provide more wolves for these hunters to shoot and more wolf pups who will end up starving without their pack to take care of them. As this article points out, due to the politics of some of these states it prevents them from seeing the ecological boon that wolves bring to many wilderness areas such as Yellowstone. And it makes me sad to think that more wolves would be shot and young wolves end up as orphans. I really would like to see a change in our leadership in these Northern Rocky states before they would think about this plan there. But this strategy might definitely be used in areas where the wolf still has federal protections such as Yellowstone.


Azaima A (207)
Friday September 2, 2011, 5:12 pm
The animals can manage themselves just fine without our interference.
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