The Native American Wolf

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In this essay I will be informing readers about the history of the wolf in the western part of the United States, the wolf’s status as an endangered species, and its effect on the ecosystem and what we as humans can do to manage it.
In North America as far back as the 19th century, 200,000 to 500,000 wolves lived among the Native American people. Wolves played a major part in nearly all legends and mythology of the Native American tribes. Since that time, many things have changed; today, the Native American people tell these stories, many of which involve wolves, in art and songs. They speak how the wolf saved the people from the Great Flood, and how they provided fur to the Native American people to keep warm.
When the European colonists started
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The government controlled the programs within the park for the first few years. After that time, park personnel helped finish eliminating the gray wolf while their numbers were down, and also before they went to the Eastern and Northern states. In 1926, the last wolves were believed to have been eliminated in Yellowstone, although people still reported seeing wolves around the area. That same year the United States government put together a policy for wolf control, and as a part of that the government had a contest to see who could bring in the biggest wolf. The wolves then survived by running and hiding whenever humans came near (White). As time went on, the gray wolf population declined which allowed other animal populations, such as deer, bison and elk, to increase in the park dramatically. “By 1960, gray wolves, which had been around in huge numbers, were essentially extinct in all of their former ranges. It was estimated at the time only three hundred wolves were all that remained in the United States, which were found in the woods of northern Minnesota and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan” (White). After many meetings over the years, the government finally put wolves on the Endangered Species Act in 1974. Experts confirmed that sustainable wolf populations had been…show more content…
The future of these laws and the protection of the wolf all depends on what we do and what laws our government and states enact. Greater knowledge about nature and the environment must be essential when implementing these laws along with including other organizations such as private industry, the general population, private landowners, and hunters. By working together the laws implemented now and in the future will only enhance a strong wolf population.
The Endangered Species Act is designed to prevent the extinction of the wolf and to manage the growth of the population now and in the future. Once the wolf population has recovered, it is up to us and the states to manage the recovery of the animals. It is up to everyone to protect the wolf and continue to manage the population for future generations.
In conclusion, I think wolves should stay on the Endangered Species Act (ESA) because they play a role in wildlife areas keeping other populations down like the elk and the buffalo. Because wolves will kill other wolf packs to gain territory and to make their packs bigger so that no other pack can defeat them, they are in effect keeping their own population in balance. To lose a species like the wolf would be tragic because they are a magnificent animal and an important part of our history and
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