They released 14 wolves in a park – but no one was prepared for this! [video]
After about a 70-year absence, grey wolves were reintroduced to Yellowstone National Park. Whilst most scientists thought that if wolves were reintroduced into Yellowstone they would not have much impact, after reintroducing the wolves back into the wilderness, a trophic cascade occurred, benefiting everything from the bald eagle to the flow of the river.
Perhaps it’s time to rethink our relationship to nature!
Certainly, this remarkable study can be applied to many other apex predators. Lions, tigers, sharks, bears, and wild dogs are all key species sitting at the top of their respective food chains, creating stability amongst the species they prey on and maintaining the health of plants and animals right down the trophic ladder.
Many apex predators are in sadly in decline largely due to human ignorance, including pollution and destruction of the environment and natural habitats. Indeed, wildlife conflict is a stark reality all around the world.
We need to learn to live in harmony with wildlife if we are to preserve our heritage. We cannot afford to lose another moment!
Source: National Geographic