Reintroducing Wolves to Yellowstone was a Success. That's When Trouble Began.Overview
When humans play a role in animal extinction, do they have an obligation to try and reverse it? If so, what indicators should they use to determine success? In the 1990s, the federal government reintroduced the gray wolf into Yellowstone National Park in response to the decimation of the population via hunting. The population reached its goal levels by 2002, but introduced several complications in terms of politics and economics. What does the wolf population of Yellowstone look like now? Would the reintroduction effort still be considered a success?
- Analyze data (past and present) on the wolf population of Yellowstone National Park
- Formulate an argument on the current state of the wolf population at Yellowstone that recognizes the economic, political, and scientific perspectives
- Identify factors that contribute to population stability
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