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U n i t i Introduction

uNIT I : CASE STuDY
Eyes in the night: Wolf
Reintroduction in north America

Source: Tracy Brooks/US Fish and Wildlife Service

Wolf. Fierce predator. Killer. Wolf. Magnificent animal. Beauty. Our world is
dominated by images. What do you imagine when you hear the word wolf?
The answer to that question may be determined by where you live, what
your parents do for a living, or even by a movie you happened to see about
a wolf. Today, we are faced with the decision of what to do about the wolf.
Once inhabiting most of North America, humans have forced some wolves
north and others to extinction.

HISTORY

Source: LuRay Parker/US Fish and Wildlife Service

When settlers first came to the shores of North America, they found
several things. They found a land inhabited by an exotic people that was
rich in resources and in wolves. Fearful of the four-legged predator, people
began to methodically exterminate wolves from the lower 48 states. It
began as the mere protection of their livestock. However, people and
wolves often face conflict when their territories cross. The wolves lost the
fight against humans (Figure I-A). Today, they are coming back.
Once hunted as deadly predators, wolves are now the romantic hero
symbolizing the tragedy of the Exploitation Era in American Natural
Resource use. Wolves were reintroduced into Yellowstone Park some years
ago (Figure I-B). In the late 1990s, a group of local ranchers unsuccessfully
sued in federal court to have the wolves removed. According to a National
Wildlife Federation poll published in 1998, 64 percent of the American
public opposed removing the wolves, 84 percent opposed removing them
by killing them, and 68 percent favored congressional action to allow the
wolves to stay. With such a high desire among the public for reintroduction,
it seems that the outcry against reintroduction would be low.

FIguRE I-A the gray wolf
is a predator that is native
to most of North america.
people feared and hated
wolves so much that the
species was hunted to
remove it from most of
what is now the continental
United States.

FIguRE I-B this gray wolf
is being checked for its
medical condition by a
wildlife biologist.



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