Lone Wolf

Lone Wolf Photo
The ancestor of all domestic dog species, the gray wolf was originally the most widespread mammal in the world. A combination of habitat loss, loss of prey, and persecution by humans has complicated efforts to save this keystone predator in the United States.

Now, as gray wolf populations recover in places like Idaho, Wyoming, and Montana, stakeholders fiercely debate how best to manage recovering populations of these and other large carnivores. WCS conservation scientist Jon Beckmann ponders the question of how communities deal with predators living in their midst in a new National Geographic blog post.

Julie Larsen Maher © WCS

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