https://wolf.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/IWC_logo_white2a-300x127.png 0 0 Chad Richardson https://wolf.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/IWC_logo_white2a-300x127.png Chad Richardson2020-04-30 07:37:042020-04-30 07:37:04Absent Wolves, Ecosystems Changed. Can New Wolves Restore Things?
Absent Wolves, Ecosystems Changed. Can New Wolves Restore Things?
WHEN THE YOUNG David Mech was offered a job studying wolves in 1957, people asked him why he’d want to focus on such an evil creature. A loathing for wolves was commonplace back then, and after decades of hunting, trapping, and poisoning, humanity had succeeded in wiping out these keystone predators — perched at the top of the North American food chain for thousands of years — across much of the contiguous U.S. “Sixty years ago, when I started,” he remembers, “I had to explain what the word ‘ecology’ meant.”