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Wolf Reintroduction


Theissue of the wolf reintroduction is a delicate matter, for it isknown to raise a storm of controversy. The opposers of wolfreintroduction have their argument based on four broad categorieseconomic, political, biological and ethical factors. Clearly, theeconomic factor is the most voiced, especially, among the localranchers. Although the concerns raised by the opposers are valid,this paper is taking a side with the supporters of the wolfreintroduction.

Theopposers argues that the procedure is economically costly, a factthat is not entirely right. Even though taxpayers’ money would beutilized in various reintroduction programs, this undertaking will beless expensive compared to rehabilitating the damaged ecosystem whichis as a result of over-grazing caused by the overpopulation of deerand other ruminants. Accordingly, reintroducing wolves will help inmaintaining a balanced ecosystem. As a result, this move will as wellencourage tourists to flock to National Parks to see these predatorshence generating income to the local government through ecotourism.

Thesecond argument of the anti-reintroduction of wolves is based onpolitics. Seemingly, these individuals claim they are afraid of thegovernment, more than the animals, because they are against thepresence of the federal administration in the management.Significantly, the reintroduction of these species helps inreforestation and re-vegetation. This helps in rehabilitating theecosystem damaged by a huge number of ruminants including deer. Theforest vegetation provides shelter for birds. Birds rely on forestvegetation for food and habitat and as a result, their populationincrease considerably. Securing territory for these predators is acomplicated matter and a controversial venture too. The federalgovernment is obliged to step in since the local authorities arevulnerable to give in to domestic economic, and political pressuresthat would see both the predator and prey exterminated.

Anotherargument for those opposing the reintroduction move is the biologicalfactor. There are concerns that whether wolves raised in pens andcages will be able to adapt in the wild. However, the reintroductionin Yellowstone National Park shows that these predators are doingjust fine. This aspect is shown by the recent outbreaks ofbrucellosis- a disease that affects the Yellowstone bison andaccording to comments of an Arizona public-health officer, “Wolvesare smart, and they tend to stay away from danger.”

Thefourth argument is the ethical factor, those against reintroductionargue that this move is not for the benefit of the predatorsthemselves, but instead a deliberate intention to satisfy ouraesthetic pleasure. A wrinkle in this argument is the fact that theextirpation process itself was an act of playing God, therefore whenwe have a chance to undo the damage, we should embrace. Many animalspecies nowadays are disappearing, and we would serve the worldbetter by doing what we can to turn back time.

Inconclusion, the process of reintroducing wolves is essential judgingfrom the pros of this process a balanced ecosystem is maintained,increase in ecotourism, re-vegetation, and birds’ populationgrowth. They are significant in the restoration procedure, and theirpresence is vital for the environment.


GregoryMcNamee. “TheCase for .”Britannica Blog, Sept 16, 2016. Web. 11 Nov 2016.