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Wolf dragging a freshly killed elk into the woods.

The relationship between wolves and elk (or ungulates in general) in the wild is a touchy subject between conservationists on both sides.

One side believes that the impact of reintroducing wolf packs is a good thing across the board, and the ripple effect they’ve had on the rest of the food chain is a beneficial one – therefore wolves should be protected.

The other side believes that their numbers should be controlled, and they also have a point: anecdotal evidence suggests that ever since wolves were reintroduced into Yellowstone, the elk population there dropped by 50% in a span of 9 years (1995 – 2004) and they’ve had 15+ years since then to increase their numbers.

It all boils down whether or not the protections for these predators should be kept in place to nurture the growth of the species, or removed to allow their numbers to be held at a healthy, but manageable population.

The last time I posted about this issue, I received an inbox full of angry opinions and thinly-veiled death threats, so to avoid that happening again, I’d like to state for the record that I believe the solution to this issue will not be an easy one, and I hope both sides will eventually come to an understanding.



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