02 August 2013 Wolf Weekly Wrap-up Posted by: Defenders of Wildlife | 2 comments | Share: Wolves Benefit Bears The science continues to reinforce it: the return of wolves to Yellowstone National Park, after an absence of about 70 years, has had a slew of benefits for all kinds of other species, including beavers and willows, and now we can add grizzly bears (another threatened species) to the list. A new study shows that having more wolves in Yellowstone has increased an important food source for grizzly bear: berries. Grizzly bear, ©Michael S. Quinton, National Geographic stock When wolves disappeared from the region, the area’s elk herds grew dramatically. Elk eat some of the same plants that bears rely on for berries, and with so many more elk in the park, most of those plants were over-foraged, leaving little to nothing left over for bears. Since wolves were reintroduced and began to prey on elk herds, these over-foraged plants have had a chance to grow back, providing more berries for hungry grizzlies looking to fatten themselves up before winter. Not only does this study illustrate the importance of having apex predators like wolves in an ecosystem, but as our chief scientist Chris Haney told Northwest Public Radio, more science on grizzly bears can only help conservation efforts for that species as well. New Additions to Oregon Wolves Remote cameras snapped this shot confirming three new pups for Oregon’s newest wolf pack, the Mt. Emily pack. This means there are a total of seven wolf packs in Oregon with pups – good news for wolf recovery in the Pacific Northwest! Remote camera photo from July 21, documenting three pups in the newly formed Mt. Emily pack. (©Oregon Fish & Wildlife) The Clock is Ticking Today is day 50 of the 90-day comment period on the Fish and Wildlife Service’s proposal to delist nearly all gray wolves across most of the lower 48 states. There’s no word yet on when and where the public hearings on this issue will take place, but we’re working hard to make sure that the Service hears from wildlife biologists, legal experts, wildlife advocates and other conservation groups that gray wolf recovery is not complete, and this delisting could endanger the progress we’ve all worked so hard to achieve. Click here to see how you can get involved in the efforts to fight this delisting proposal! 2 Responses to “Wolf Weekly Wrap-up” Jim August 11th, 2013 You do not have a clue as to wolves and ho destructive they are to wild life and cattle. They kill for the sake of killing very little of which they eat. Wolves are savage killers I know as I have witnessed this near my cabin in Wyoming. Get the facts!!!! Karen November 21st, 2013 If you do not like Wolves and how they live then you should move, you took their home not the other way Post Your Comment Click here to cancel reply. Name (required) Mail (required) (will not be published) You May also be interested in Wolf Weekly Wrap-Up Helicopter gunning kills 23 wolves in Idaho; Urge Secretary Jewell to abandon gray wolf delisting proposal — Call your representative by March 14; Washington wildlife agency urged to end support for abolishing federal wolf protections; The latest on Governor Otter’s wolf control board. Two Too Many Development Projects in the Ivanpah Valley While these projects most definitely directly impact a species that has been identified as threatened and is dependent on the habitat where they would be built, Silver State South and Stateline’s approval is most troubling for a bigger reason. You see, this isn’t just an issue for the Ivanpah Valley. Developers and agencies need to be conscious of how and where they plan energy projects all across the country. They need to look at renewable energy planning with a landscape-wide lens, understanding that building in the right places and making an effort to minimize environmental impacts from the start are essential. California’s Rim Fire: Opportunities Rise from the Ashes After California’s devastating Rim Fire, will officials take the opportunity to give nature a chance to fully recover?