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What happened in Yellowstone National Park when wolves were eliminated, and what happened when they were reintroduced? Discuss how wolves were eliminated, what happened after they were eliminated (such as with the elk populations), and what happened when wolves were reintroduced?

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What happened in Yellowstone National Park when wolves were eliminated:
The absence of wolves in the park meant that one of region's top predators was missing. This had significant impact on the Yellowstone area ecosystem. Elk, the wolves main prey species, experienced a population increase along with other ungulate species within the park. The growing numbers had significant impact on the landscape - more pressure on grazing lands, and that pressure resulted in degraded land and altered vegetation structure.

How wolves were eliminated:
The creation of the national park did not provide protection for wolves or other predators, and government predator control programs in the first decades of the 1900s essentially helped eliminate the gray wolf from ...

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By 1935, hunting and trapping had eliminated wolves from the continental United States. Since their protection as an endangered species, wolves have moved south from Canada and have become reestablished in the Rocky Mountains and northern Great Lakes region. Conservationist who would like to speed up the process have reintroduce wolves into Yellowstone National Park. Local ranchers are opposed to bringing back the wolves because they fear predation on their cattle and sheep. What are some reasons for reestablishing wolves in Yellowstone Park? What effects might the reintroduction of wolves have on the ecological communities in the region? What might be done to mitigate the conflicts between ranchers and wolves

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