It’s good to recall the reasons-
Norman A Bishop was a naturalist interpreter for many years at Yellowstone Park, and played a key role in the wolf restoration. He is retired and continues a vigorous life, partly as an expert ski racer. He holds many positions including the board of the Wolf Recovery Foundation, of which I’m President.
He started circulating a version of “what good are wolves” about a month ago. It’s good to see it up on-line because it seems that 10-15 years ago everyone interested knew the reasons restoring wolves was a good idea. With the reality of them we learned some of the ideas were not so, and there were other good reasons no one had really predicted.
Over time the opposition distorted the reasons and just made things up. The news media produced thoughtful stories, but also too many easy ones with headlines like “Rancher loses a dog and calf to wolves . . . heartsick.” This is variation of a common type of journalism that is disparaged — “fuzz and was.” That means routine police stories and dead people, usually by accidents. Ralph Maughan
From New West, ” ‘What Good Are Wolves?’ A growing body of scientific research shows wolves are key to the ecosystems of the Northern Rockies. Here’s a condensed version compiled by a long-time wolf advocate. By Norman A. Bishop, Guest Writer.”