At one time, perhaps as many as 2 million gray wolves roamed the North American continent. But now those numbers are down to a few thousand.
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Why Arne Næss’s ideas of ‘deep ecology’ can help us live with wolves.
Understanding how animals think, learn and interact with one another can inform the science of ecology, as predator and prey shape their world.
Some European countries view wolf protection differently to others. A look at Spain’s experience may explain why.
Recent survey evidence suggests that most Canadians have positive opinions of wolves and rural Canadians in particular have strongly positive feelings on wolves and their protection.
Here’s what determines if a problematic wild animal is saveable or cullable.
Reintroducing wolves can restore important ecological processes, but it can have unintended effects when smaller predators like coyotes are driven closer to people, a team of ecologists found.
Less than a century ago, Colorado hunted, trapped and poisoned all the wolves within its borders. Today it’s restoring them – a change that reflects a profound shift in human thinking.
New research studies the factors that determine whether large carnivore reintroductions will be a success.
Polar bears and wolves may get the glory, but small predators like weasels, foxes and their cousins play outsized ecological roles. And many of these species are declining fast.
Wildfires are remaking western US forests. Decisions about managing forests that have burned should factor in how fires change animal behavior and interactions between predators and prey.
Woodland caribou populations are on the decline because human activity changes their habitat and exposes them to predation by wolves. But changing wolves’ hunting habits may protect the caribou.
Wolves killing livestock are seizing an opportunity for a meal in a landscape with little natural prey.
The hunting territories of wolves in the northern boreal forests are changing, in part due to the convenience of trails built for logging. This has placed caribou at an even greater risk.
The answer isn’t as clear cut as you might think and depends on a number of factors, including the terrain and whether it’s pack vs pack.
Jackals appeared and established themselves in Africa in at least the last five million years. These animals have evolved and adapted to the changing environment, allowing them to survive.
Dogs’ barks say a lot about how they’re feeling.
Our research shows dire wolves lived in the tropics not the Arctic, and were not especially close relatives of the grey wolf.
For the first time in the US, a ballot measure will ask voters whether to restore wolves to a place where they’ve been eradicated. Coloradans have strong views on both sides.