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Can Wolves Save an Ecosystem?


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It is common that a top predator is not widely received. As sharks are scary, people think that they have healing characters, so they always become most likely to be hunted. Leopards and tigers are hunted because of their precious skins and whiskers, resulting in a big possibility of the habitat destruction unexpected. If a top predator is eliminated, it would lead to disturbance of the proper balance existing in almost every ecosystem, thus the next organism down on the food chain would increase largely in an unchecked way. As a result all organisms beneath it would be suffered because of such a rapidly boosting population.

Although scientists have been aware of the negative effects concerning the decrease or extinction of a top predator for a long time, it is still to be found that they are able to observe the opposite in which a predator could reclaim its territory and restore order. That is what exactly took place at Yellowstone National Park twenty years ago when gray wolves were put back into the environment for the purpose of “rewilding” the area.

The selection of gray wolves was not only for the control of elk population in the park, it also helped restructure the wild environment. Actually, such restructuring did make some previously suffering species of both animals and plants develop in a large number so quickly in a few years.

If you have the chance to watch this video, you may clearly know about the significant importance of top predators in their role in creating a healthy and balanced ecosystem.

Source: IFL Science.