Nothing stirs up controversy like wolves. In the western part of the United States where I live, their reintroduction was met with stiff resistance. A few of the wolves released have been found dead, their bodies full of bullets. Unfortunately, the shooters may not fully understand that wolves and other predators are essential for the environment. Besides culling the weak, wolves change the behavior of their prey unleashing a myriad of effects. Through the ‘trophic cascade’, the wolves released into Yellowstone have actually affected rivers. Please watch this amazing video titled, “How Wolves Change Rivers” to learn more.
Wolves help Yellowstone Through Trophic Cascade
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Dr. Kristen Nelson grew up on a farm in Watertown, Minn., where she developed a deep love for animals of all kinds. She received a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the University of Minnesota, College of Veterinary Medicine. Kris then completed a small-animal internship at the prestigious Animal Medical Center in New York City. In addition to writing and speaking, she cares for small and exotic animals in Scottsdale, Az. Dr. Nelson is widely quoted in the media. Her credits include Ladies’ Home Journal, USA TODAY, the Los Angeles Times and numerous radio and television interviews. Dr. Nelson has written two books, Coated With Fur: A Vet’s Life and Coated With Fur: A Blind Cat’s Love. Kris and her husband Steve share their home with rescued cats, birds and a dog. View more posts