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Reintroduction of Wolves To Yellowstone Aid Grizzly Bears
2013-07-29 14:41:57

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Thanks to 'predator control' practices, wolves were eradicated from Yellowstone National Park in 1926. Their reintroduction in 1995 has shifted the balance of the regional ecosystem and provided an unexpected bonus for the park's grizzly bears. According to a new study in Journal of Animal Ecology, the return of wolves to the park has reduced the elk population, subsequently allowing wild berries to flourish and nourish Yellowstone's...

Isle Royale Wolf Pack Decimated By Deaths Of Three Wolves
2012-06-15 11:08:47

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com Researchers from Michigan Technological University studying the wolf population at Isle Royale National Park were bewildered as to why there was a significant decline in the numbers of wolves on the northwest island on Lake Superior during their 2012 Winter Study -- the population went from 16 to 9 in just one year. After scratching their heads for months over the disappearances, the team received word in May that could explain at least some of the...

Everything Within Balance: As Predators Decrease, Ecosystems Suffer
2012-04-10 12:37:03

As predators dwindle in the Northern Hemisphere, populations of their would-be prey begin to flourish. A new survey suggests such large populations are harmful to their specific ecosystems. Scientists from Oregon State University examined 42 studies from the past 50 years and found that as wolves disappear from the northern United States, Canada, and Alaska, populations of moose and deer swell. The resulting boom in moose and deer populations can be harmful to other living things in the...

Wild wolf
2011-12-30 09:58:12

A lone gray wolf, fitted with a GPS collar by Oregon Department of Fish and Game, has been tracked crossing into northern California, report biologists from the golden state. The two and a half year-old male wolf was fitted with the collar in Oregon last February and has been tracked wandering more than 300 miles from its original location. Its movement into California was widely anticipated as it approached the border just before Christmas, ABC News reports. Department of Fish and Game...

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2011-05-05 06:00:00

The U.S. Department of the Interior on Wednesday said it is formally removing the gray wolf of the Rocky Mountain region from the endangered species list, after a Congressional order was made last month. It also plans to seek for removal of thousands of more wolves in the western Great Lakes region from the endangered species list as well, because they have returned to "healthy levels," Interior Secretary Ken Salazar told AFP. The removal from the endangered species listing are for up to...

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2011-04-17 06:20:00

Federal wildlife officials said on Friday that they will take over 1,300 gray wolves in the Northern Rockies off the endangered species list in the next 60 days. An attachment to the budget bill signed into law Friday by President Barack Obama has taken away the wolves' protection in five Western states. This will be the first time Congress has taken a species off the endangered list. Idaho and Montana are planning public wolf hunts this fall.  The states had a similar mindset last...

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2010-09-01 13:40:29

Previous research has claimed that the reintroduction of wolves to Yellowstone National Park in 1995 is helping restore quaking aspen in risky areas where wolves prowl. But apparently elk hungry for winter food had a different idea. They did not know they were supposed to be responding to a "landscape of fear." According to a study set to be published this week in Ecology, a journal of the Ecological Society of America, the fear of wolf predation may not be discouraging elk from eating aspen...

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2009-09-01 06:20:00

Gray wolf hunting is set to start in the Northern Rockies just four months after the animal was de-listed from the endangered species list. Environmental and animal welfare groups have imposed a last minute injunction to stop the killing, about which a federal judge now has to make a speedy decision. In Idaho, where a quota allows for the killing of 220 wolves, hunters are preparing themselves for the hunt Tuesday. Montana's hunting season begins September 15, with a quota of 75 wolves. After...

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2009-08-12 14:30:00

Gray wolves may all have their color in common, but the Mexican gray wolf is the rarest and most genetically distinct subspecies, and conservationists are working to give the animals specific protection under federal law to avoid extinction. This week, petitions were filed by three separate conservation groups requesting that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service list the Mexican gray wolf on the federal endangered species list separate from other gray wolves in North America. According to them,...

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2009-07-20 13:12:24

Researchers are proposing in a new report that a major experiment be conducted to reintroduce wolves to a test site in the Scottish Highlands, to help control the populations and behavior of red deer that in the past 250 years have changed the whole nature of large ecosystems. The proposal is modeled after research done in the United States, at Yellowstone National Park and elsewhere, which has demonstrated that the absence of large predators such as wolves and cougars has allowed deer, elk...


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  • In music, a work for a keyboard-instrument, like the pianoforte or organ, originally intended to utilize and display varieties of touch: but the term has been extended so as to include many irregular works, similar to the prelude, the fantasia, and the improvisation.
This word is Italian in origin, coming from the feminine past participle of 'toccare,' to touch.
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