I would post a link but tumblr won't let me ("A wolf's role in the ecosystem" by Mission Wolf). Basically, trophic cascade means how predators control not only prey populations, but their behaviour as well, which in turn affects the landscape itself - a trickle-down effect of sorts. There is a cool video called "How wolves change rivers". I urge you to watch it.
I think we misunderstoon each other a little, haha. I know what trophic cascade means, but I didn’t understand how you meant the term as an argument against wolf population control?
The documentary indeed is wonderful - I’ve watched it and put a link to the online video on this blog a few months ago! :)
What about trophic cascade? I read the articles you posted and didn't find any definite arguments for wolf hunting other than, and they have a point, the government shouldn't gun them down indiscriminately. There are so many factors to consider and pro-wolf hunters often conveniently overlook them. I think you are wrong in your stance, especially for someone who clearly knows as much about wolves as you do.
Sorry, can you be more specific on what you mean by “what about trophic cascade” - what exactly is your question? No offense - It’s very good to question everything on subjects like these and I like discussing it, but I’m not sure if I catch your drift
Just wanted to let you see this minor success I had today as it’s something close to your heart I imagine. Thanks for all the brilliant gifs and images of the wolves, and good luck with your wolfy-store :)
Remember the Good Wolf Dead Wolf signal boost post that was going around? Looks like all you guys’ hard work payed off a little! After constantly declining to take the page down because the content “wasn’t violating the Community Standards”, ozymandias2's report was the straw that broke camel's back - Facebook removed a Good Wolf Dead Wolf page!
The biggest “Good Wolf Dead Wolf” Facebook page is still up, so keep reporting that one!
I am pro-wolf, but I also think that wolf populations need control. I think it's good, from time to time, and to some extent, under strict rules of course, to hunt wolves. Hunting should entirely exclude endangered subspecies of wolf, and exclude regions in which wolves are still in small populations. Hunting is good for wolves (don't get me wrong here), because wolf population can't be too high either, bc it causes conflicts & more hatred for wolves. I guess I will be hated now. Go on. Hate.
Why do you assume I will hate you for this?! Even if I did not agree with you, you must know that I am not the kind of person to hate or disrespect someone for their valid opinions.
As a matter of fact, I, along with most wolf biologists, agree with you on this issue – regulated controlling wolf numbers is sometimes needed. It is one of the most beneficial ways to help keep their own population, other populations, and the environment they live in safe and healthy, and is beneficial to the conservation of wolves as a whole. Here’s a link to a post made by one of my favourite bloggers who knows what they’re talking about regarding things like this with valid and proper scientific sources.
Proper sources on this subject:
(Typing this, I understand there are most likely people out there to who this is new, shocking, and possibly enraging information. A few years back, before I started studying wolves and biology, I felt the exact same way. Just like I do now, I loved wolves and wanted to protect them at all costs. I was convinced hunting them could in no way be beneficial for this species that is already often so endangered. When I started to seriously educate myself on wolves and this particular subject, surprisingly I found the opposite to be true. I want to ask you to be respectful for people’s opinions on this subject, but more importantly I want to ask you to go and read on why population control is sometimes needed for the sake of the survival of our beloved wolf. The sources listed above are easy accessible, no matter your level of knowledge on the subject.)
For the second year in a row, young wolves have been spotted in Gartow (Niedersachen, Germany)
Seven pups were counted on the picture above that a camera trap took. Last year there were six. In Niedersachen, four packs are registered - three of them had pups this year.
The scenery in Gartow is no vast wilderniss. It exists out of agriculture, several large forestry complexes, and relatively small-scale agricultural landscape.
What do you think of Dutchers? Their study of wolves in captivity, is it valuable?
I love them! They are a big name in wolf science and their study on wolves in captivity is definitely valuable :) Even though on many points captive wolves are not at all comparable to wild ones, which the Dutchers are fully aware of, their studies on captive wolves are still be very valuable!