Scientists: Wolf Return Could Help Restore Lynx

CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) — Some scientists say restoring wolves in the West could help restore the Canada lynx, a threatened species.

An article published in the journal Wildlife Society Bulletin suggests that wiping out wolves in the early 1900s allowed coyote populations to explode.

Those extra coyotes preyed heavily on the lynx’s favorite food, the snowshoe hare, as well as lynx themselves.

The scientists note that in Yellowstone National Park, where the kind of logging that damages lynx habitat is not an issue, the numbers of coyotes rose when wolves were wiped out in the early 1900s, and snowshoe hares declined. Since wolves were reintroduced, the snowshoe hare populations seem to be recovering.

The authors are from Oregon State University, the University of Washington, and the University of Wyoming.

(© Copyright 2011 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

  • Carl

    “Restoring wolves in the West” Where is this guy from? Several Western states are opening up seasons on wolves as they are crippling the elk herds and are well above the management numbers.
    Looks like another Liberal attempt to curve hunting

    • Jim

      Shooting wolves from a mile away with a high-powered rifle isn’t hunting.

blog comments powered by Disqus
Thursday Night Football

Listen Live