Wolves In Yellowstone

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The historical norms of masculinity that led to the eradication of wolves in Yellowstone was the belief that man is a righteous hunter and wolves are seen as an evil hunter. This belief arose from the early American settler’s culture of fear of the wild creatures that they assumed inhabited the “wilderness”. The presence of wolves symbolized one 's existence with in the wildness. As such, it was long believed that wolves were an explicit representation of the wilderness. The early American settlers believed that the wolves were wilderness therefore wherever the wolves were it was declared to be wilderness. For example, that men are noble and merciful while wolves are savage and merciless. This notion was perceived through the concept of …show more content…
Wolves does not naturally have any regular predators; they are considered apex predators. Apex predators are very important in an ecosystem because they help the ecosystem to stay biodiverse. For example, wolves which are apex predators, they eat on the elks that would normally feed on the willows. Consequentially, the elimination of wolves was seen as an object of concern because now that there would be no more wolves to feed on the elks, the willows stared to slowly decline. The willows are important to the ecosystem because they serve as the basis of a food web/chain with small insects, birds, mammals, fungi and bacteria. Beavers for example depend highly on the willows because they use them for dams and lodges. Next, the beavers provide a pond to many reptiles and amphibians. In return this increases many of different animals up and down the trophic levels. An ecosystem will become less diverse as there are changes from different trophic levels, a term called trophic cascades will begin to occur as the apex predator is eliminated from an ecosystem. With the willows being gone there is not a place for other small animals to live and eat because their served as their home. Another example of Apex predators would be humans. Humans do not have any natural predators, and humans are very important to the ecosystem

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