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TEN REASONS WE NEED WOLVES

  1. Without wolves ecosystems go haywire. 2001 study found that when wolves went extince in Yellowstone, moose populations ballooned 15 times beyond normal size and demolished woody vegetation where birds neested; resulting in birds eliminated.
  2. Scavengers thrive when wolves are around: species that help themselves to wolf killovers: ravens, bears, eagles, owls, wolverines, magpies, mink, cougars, lynx, chickadees, shrew, and 445 species of beetle.
  3. Wolf kills nourish soil with advanced levels of nitrogen and other nutrients.
  4. Wolf kills feed more animals than hunting humans, since wolves scatter their carrion over landscapes. Wolf kills benefit three times more species.
  5. When wolves disappeared from Yellowstone, coyotes preyed on pronghorn to the point of near extinction. When wolves returned, pronghorn came back, and give birth near wolf dens, since coyotes stay clear of wolf dens.
  6. Deer and elk congregate in smaller groups with wolves around. This reduces transmission of illnesses, like Chronic Wasting Disease.
  7. Chronic Wasting Disease is a MAJOR THREAT to elk and deer in the west. Wolves help by reducing the lifespan of sick animals, limiting infections.
  8. Yellowstone elk are less likely to overgraze near rivers and streams damaging fragile ecosystems, when wolves are in the neighborhood.
  9. Wolves help with climate change! Mild winters have led to fewer elk deaths; this left scavengers scrambling for food, but the problem was eased with wolves.
  10. WOLF TOURISM IS AN ECONOMIC BOOM!!! Restoration of wolves has cost approximately thirty million dollars, but it has brought 36 million net annually.

THE STORY OF TWO WOLVES

One Evening, an old Indian Warrior told his grandson about a battle that goes on inside people. He said, 'My son, the battle is between two 'wolves' inside us all.

One is Evil. It is anger, envy, jealousy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego.

The other is Good. It is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion, and faith.'

The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather: 'Which wolf wins?'

The elder warrior simply replied, 'The One You Feed.'.

FABLE OF THE PORCUPINE

It was the coldest winter ever. Many animals died because of the cold. The porcupines, realizing the situation, decided to group together to keep warm. This way, they covered and protected themselves; but the quills of each one wounded their closest companions!

After awhile, they decided to distance themselves one from the other and they began to die, alone and frozen. So they had to make a choice: either accept the quills of their companions or disappear from the Earth.

Wisely, they decided to go back to being together. They learned to live with the little wounds caused by the close relationship with their companions in order to receive the heat that came from the others. This way they were able to survive.

The best relationship is not the one that brings together perfect people, but when each individual learns to live with the imperfections of others and can admire the other person's good qualities.

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