My latest musings on 16 January 2015

Hello To All My Loyal Readers:

On alternate weeks, I share the URLs to some articles by others that I have found interesting. Here is a list of some recent articles that I’ve read.

I hope that you will offer your comments at the end of this list.

 

In this issue of my musings, I focus on more clips about wolves and other top predators because more good news and new knowledge seems to be evolving.

 

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A long-range, multi-state study throws into doubt the effectiveness of killing wolves to prevent their impact on livestock. In fact, the study concluded that strategy mostly does not work. An increase in wolves killed one year actually correlated to an increase in the number of livestock attacks recorded the next. The study authors hypothesize that instead of effectively diminishing livestock predators, killing wolves leads to pack instability, smaller pack sizes, an increase in breeding pairs and a higher propensity to target easier prey, like livestock.

 

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A very encouraging move by the USDA Wildlife Services who serves is the legal executioner of many of our top predators. They are offering, for the first time, a seminar on non-lethal predator control.

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Carnivore cleansing is damaging ecosystems, scientists warn.

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Top Yellowstone Expert Takes On The Wolf Critics.

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Reintroducing wolves is only effective at large scales

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Wolves In A Tangled Ecological Web

Some Yellowstone studies have found that wolves have powerful indirect effects on the plants that elk eat, such as aspens, due to fear of predation. With wolves around, elk have to keep moving to stay alive, which reduces browsing pressure.

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Great News: Federal Court Restores Protections for Great Lakes Wolves, Ends Trophy Hunting and Commercial Trapping

Here is a second article about this court decision

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Ranchers in wolf country are finding continued success with range riding. The reports of successes with non-lethal predator controls continue. This is despite ranchers in certain areas of the USA who refuse to employ these measures. Instead they continue to kill wolves with government endorsement. Why are certain factions in the US government still enabling these ranchers?? Why does our society consider hunting a “sport” ?

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Hunting wolves is out of step with public sentiment. This is a great article on why we need to stop killing wolves.

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No Animal Need Be a Lone Wolf: The Simple Solution to Saving Endangered Species. Scientists say introducing new animals to isolated ecological “islands” of wildlife quickly boosts their genetic diversity and chances of survival.

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The Carnivore Way: All Who Wander Are Not Lost.

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Large Predators, Large Landscapes, and Coexistence

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The recovery of large carnivores in Europe is a great success for nature conservation. At one third of mainland Europe, at least one species of large carnivore is present, according to a new article. It is an excellent example that humans and carnivores can share the same landscape, say researchers.

My name is Bill Graham. As a Marine Biologist who has worked in the US and Mexico for 30 years, I am a student of Nature, a teacher, a researcher, and a nature photographer. Through my work, I have acquired an ever growing passion for how everything in Nature is connected. Today, I travel extensively contemplating about, writing about, and photographing Nature’s connections. I also work with conservation projects in the USA and Mexico and mentor talented youth.

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