Wolves' return to Isle Royale raises questions about rescues

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Wolves' return to Isle Royale raises questions about rescues

Post by Koa » Mon Nov 05, 2018 2:59 pm

A solid article, but I wish its authors had at least mentioned the previous animals on Isle Royale and factored them into their argument.
Restocking wolves on Isle Royale raises questions about which species get rescued
Mark Neuzil , Eric Freedman, Oct. 15, 2018
THE CONVERSATION


Restocking wolves on Isle Royale is the first time that the National Park Service has intervened in a designated wilderness area to manipulate a predator-prey relationship. The agency plans to move 25 to 30 wolves to Isle Royale in the next three to five years and spend about US$2 million over 20 years to maintain the population.

Supporters call this plan a “genetic rescue,” but skeptics say nature should be allowed to take its course. We think this is unlikely to happen, because wolves have friends in high places in the scientific establishment and the federal government.

As environmental journalists and journalism educators in the Midwest, we take a special interest in how the Great Lakes’ ecological problems are defined and communicated. In our view, media attention and the cultural history of the wolf-moose relationship on Isle Royale have outweighed most scientific qualms about putting a finger on the ecological scale
Read the full article here: http://theconversation.com/restocking-w ... ued-100808
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