Of Wolves and Beer


By Bob Ferris   The New York Times op-ed by Arthur Middleton questioning the strength of evidence in Yellowstone of wolf-generated trophic cascades and urging more cautious messaging on trophic cascades by conservation groups and wolf advocates has spawned a fire-storm of debate.  And that is good and healthy in terms of what science should do … Continue reading Of Wolves and Beer

Trophic Cascades: A Video Worth Watching and a Species Worth Saving


By Bob Ferris   Nearly 20 years ago—before the Yellowstone and central Idaho wolves hit their habitats in 1995—I was asked to write a speculative piece on what impacts could be expected in Yellowstone with returning wolves.   I remember using the phrase “wolf smorgasbord” a lot during those hopeful days.  And many of my … Continue reading Trophic Cascades: A Video Worth Watching and a Species Worth Saving

Making War on Wolves


Chicago Tribune  July 7, 2013   Yellowstone National Park's best-known wolf, beloved by many tourists and valued by scientists who tracked its movements, was shot and killed Thursday outside the park's boundaries, Wyoming wildlife officials reported. The wolf, known as 832F to researchers, was the alpha female of the park's highly visible Lamar Canyon pack … Continue reading Making War on Wolves