Over the past several years, the gray wolf, native to the Wisconsin area, has been listed federally as an endangered species due to the graphic and horrific treatment they had received during the industrialization periods of America, when they were frowned upon and hated because they are predatory creatures and did, on occasion, attack livestock and pets. Because the government was encouraging the hunting, including bounties for the animals, the wolves were hunted to near extinction. However, now Wisconsin faces a new problem. With the reintroduction of the wolves to the state, and their continued endangered status federally, the population has increased well beyond expectations, reaching what could be considered a problematic state. A
In Farley Mowat’s, “Observing Wolves”, Never Cry Wolf, 1963 story he writes about his trip to the Keewatin Barren Land in the Northwest Territories. He was sent there by the Canadian government to prove or disprove that the wolves were eating the caribou. Before Mowat went on his journey he would have planned what equipment he needed to bring, how to prove or dis-prove to the Canadian government that the wolves are eating the caribou, and how Mowat would have prevented the wolves from attacking him.
Only three wolves now remain on Michigan’s Isle Royale, down from nine wolves last year, Michigan Technological University reported. This means that one of the most studied wolf packs in the world are in serious danger of extinction. Wolves on Isle Royale in Michigan have fluctuated over the past 50
This so-called balanced view was presented in a program in which the “most misrepresented issues concerned the economic impact of wolves. Ranchers were allowed to claim unsubstantiated losses, with no attempt to validate the accuracy of these claims” (Laverty, par. 2). In granting the balanced view sought by the legislature, the “program portrayed the salt of the earth rancher as a poor victim of the federal government’s whim to restore the ‘killers’” (Laverty, par. 2).
Without the proper knowledge needed to understand how the wolf works, the creature is inaccurately shown as a wild, vicious killer. As Mowat progresses through his research he learns about the wolves hunting abilities and begins to acquire new information and states,” I could hardly believe that the all-powerful and intelligent wolf would limit his predation on the caribou herds to culling the sick and infirm when he could presumably, take his choice of the fattest and most succulent individuals” (Mowat 126). The way the government and people portray wolves as mindless killers is not only false, but it is far from the truth. Wolves are instead intelligent creatures that have the ability to choose and pick the right kill. Also, as Mowat researches their eating habits he finds that “the wolves of Wolf House Bay, and, by inference at least, all the Barren Land wolves who were raising families outside the summer caribou range, were living largely, on mice” (Mowat 107). During the summer the wolves weren’t even that cause of the deaths of caribou. Instead they found new resources to live off of when the caribou leave so they can continue to survive. This information is an exact contrast to the
Exercise 1: The Moose Arrive In exercise one we simulated the arrival of a small group of moose that swam to Isle Royal. The simulation ran over time so that the moose can form a large population on the island. We studied this population of moose before the wolves’ arrival. The simulation ran for 50 years. After the 50 years simulation was complete the data was collected and analyzed.
Today one is lucky to see a deer in Washtenaw country, typically the most wild animal someone would come in contact with would be a squirrel in the daytime. That’s not the case for the little island in Lake Superior. Over 1500 moose call the island home. Nearly that many beaver do as well. At one point,
Anti-wolf extremists will stop at nothing until the Gray Wolf species is put to rest for good. Over the years the so called “hunters” have created a cultural background to the Gray Wolf. The bible states, "Religious convictions support our hatred of the wolf. “ Then God said, ‘Let us make man in our image, after our likeness; and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps upon the earth.'”,
In “The Beast of Waste and Desolation” in Barry Holstun Lopez’s book Of Wolves and Men, he writes about the attitudes he encountered from people when discussing wolves. These attitudes came from several different sources, ranging from several different Native American tribes and field biologists to ranchers, trappers, and general residents of the areas where he conducted his research. Lopez expressed his discomfort when he spoke with the latter group, as those people that felt there was nothing wrong with killing wolves, and that the practice, overall, was a good thing. Lopez writes that it seemed many of these people appeared to be filled with a general hatred; of government, laws, and wolves. The killing of wolves held a vengeful element, with no remorse or regret. He goes into detail of the single-minded persecution of the wolf, even though many of the conflicts with wolves were man made. One example provided was of man depleting many of the wolves’ natural prey sources like elk and buffalo, and as a result the wolves turned to preying on the domestic stock instead. Suddenly, man was justified in killing wolves as it became necessary to protect livestock. The larger questions
Never Cry Wolf For years, wolves have been falsely accused for crimes in stories, myths, and life. In Never Cry Wolf, author Farley Mowat demonstrates how even though wolves are mistakenly stereotyped as evil; people don’t know anything without evidence. Farley Mowat takes a trip to Churchill, Canada, to study
For example, the more roads we built, the less space animals could have. The more cities expand, the less shelter animal has. That means if the animals has less space, they have also less shelter and less food resources. For instance, a Wolf issue is still controversy in Minnesota. In the 1800th, Wolf lived in all over state of MN. In the early 1900th, the Wolf actually pushed out by either hunting down or the habitat was not longer in the area because of farming. As a result, now everywhere is almost farmed. Whenever a farmer sees the Wolves, the farmer shoots at them because as you may already know, the Wolves are going after the livestock’s such as sheep, goat, etc… As a result, Minnesota had lost too many Wolves. However, good news is Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (MNDNR) has reintroduced the Wolf into MN and these Wolves are in save habitat at
Review: In many small populations, inbreeding depression had created a major obstacle in the conservation of natural populations. To determine level of inbreeding in the Scandinavian wolf, Canis Lupus, DNA techniques were combined with the ecological field to construct the pedigree. This small population was founded by at least by two immigrated wolfs from a large Finnish/Russian source population. The field data was collected from the snow tracking and radio telemetry, and territorial pairs and packs were distinguished so that fitness can be measured using the number of pups per litter surviving. For genetic analysis, blood samples were taken from captive wolves, muscles tissues of dead and oestrus blood on snow and from scats. Samples were
Moose isn't much of a sleeper. He tends to stay up at night, thinking and dreaming about what if's and should of been's. He is rarely even able to go to sleep with such thoughts, but when he does, he's usually woken up by a quiet noise, or his brother. His brother, who actually decides to go by Max, is an eighteen year old boy that has a very annoying personality. Him and Moose are completely different people, yet share many qualities. For instance, both have brown hair and aren't very tall, but they do have sparkling caramel colored eyes and perfect teeth.