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! 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 California wavering on protection for gray wolves under state law; Defenders of Wildlife featured on the HLN’s Jane Velez-Mitchell show tonight; A close up look at the science: wolf breeding pairs in Idaho; bad bills for Mexican gray wolves in Arizona. The Votes Are In… You voted, and we listened – now the winners of Defenders’ 2014 Photo Contest are here! See if your favorite won, and take a look at some of the amazing runner-ups. We’ve Got to Protect What’s Left of the Sagebrush Sea New research shows that after a fire, the Sagebrush Sea (home to the imperiled greater sage-grouse) could take up to 20 years to fully recover. With other factors already threatening so much of this habitat, what does that mean for the species that call it home?