Should Wolves Be Relocated?
There are arguments for and against
Should wolves, such as those of Isle Royale, Michigan , be relocated from their natural habitats to a new habitat picked for them by the National Park Service?
I am of the opinion that in this case it is a good thing. However, I think that every case should be weighed for its’ individual merits. In the case of Isle Royale, , the moose population is getting out of control. This is because the natural wolf population is down to 2 wolves. Bringing the wolf population back on the island would level off the moose population, and the island can thrive again.
In most cases, I would say no to re-population because I do not think we should be meddling in the natural affairs of our animal populations, and our natural environments. There will be a lot of people who argue that the NPS should not interfere with the natural order of things, and they do have a policy to that effect, but in this case, I think it is warranted. What is your opinion?
Reasons to Relocate
- Wolf population is dwindling
- Moose population is growing
- Tourists love to hear and see wolves
- eco-system will be back in balance
” If wolves did become extinct, it would be interesting to see in X amount of years what happens to that system.”
Retired Wolf Expert