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Yellowstone National Park: Wolf Populations

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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