The Three Little Pigs and Little Red Riding Hood are classic children's fairy tales, but the tale of the Rocky Mountain Gray Wolf is real. Wolves are predators, and in 1914, the United States Congress approved the funding to destroy the wolves. Government bounty hunters helped ranchers protect their livestock by killing the wolves. Sixty years later the Gray Wolf was listed as endangered. In 1973, Congress enacted the Endangered Species Act, and the Wolf Recovery Program was started to reintroduce the Gray Wolf to its natural habitat. Currently about 160 wolves have been reintroduced to central Idaho and Yellowstone National Park. But this story does not have a fairy tale ending. Fearing for their livestock, the ranchers filed a lawsuit, and in December 1997, U.S. District Judge William Downes ruled that all the wolves and their offspring must be removed.
Your task will be to analyze the Rocky Mountain
Gray Wolf problem, and draw your own conclusion to the following question:
Should the wolves in
National Park be removed?
Government, environmental, and
agricultural leaders seem unable to solve the problem. Maybe they need to see
it through the eyes of a student. That´s why your group will write an editorial as a result of
your research on this issue and send it via e-mail to
one or more of these parties. Remember that there is no right or wrong answer.
The Gray Wolf issue is complex. You will be assessed on how you support
your conclusion [Grading
The Yellowstone Wolf Conflict is a
real problem. Your opinion is important, and your solution will give adult
Step 1 - Investigate Wolf Behavior
Assign each group member one of the
Web pages below. It's ok if more than one student reads an article. It
might be best to print them!. After exploring the Web pages individually,
get back together in your group and answer the questions below.
in a howl? by Nova online (You will need Real
Return to Yellowstone Sparks Controversy" by CNN interactive.
GOOD IS THE WOLF" by BoomerWolf |
Interview by Wolf People|
Step 2 - Yellowstone Reintroduction Background Information
Assign each group member one of the articles below. It's ok if more
than one student reads an article. It might be best to print them!
While you are exploring the Web page, answer the following questions. Concentrate
on not reaching any conclusion about the wolf reintroduction program. Just
Bureau and the Gray|
Wolf" by American Farm Bureau News
Reversal Of Wolf Removal Order
by the National Wildlife Federation|
Wolves Home: Ed Bangs" by Nova On-Line |
of Farm Bureau Victory by Expert Interview |
Here are two rather emotional editorials appearing on the same day in The
Post Register Online that might help you identify the problem:
the Wolves Back by Jerry Miller|
Really Don't Understand the News by Renee Askins
get back together in your group and share each individual's answers to the
questions. Create a group response to the questions. Remember, try
not to take sides! Just the facts!
Step 3 - Time to Take a Stand
Can man and wolf live together
peacefully? Does a rancher have the right to protect his/her livestock
from wolf attack? If the wolves are removed from Yellowstone, what will
the impact be on other animals in the park?
Should the wolves in Yellowstone
National Park be removed? Each of you may have a
different opinion on the subject, but your group needs to reach only one
conclusion. Use the information that you have gathered to support
By the way: Your teacher will have
some extra material ready for you, just in case you´d like to find out about the latest developments in the
Yellowstone wolves conflict!
Step 4 - Write your group editorial
The conclusion to this project is
real. You will be writing a letter to a person that has deep feelings
about the wolf issue. Your letter needs to be polite and well written.
Most importantly, you need to be sure that your facts are straight, and your
solution is realistic. You will be writing to one of the following four
note to both teachers and students.]
Michelson, Defenders of Wildlife|
Krause, American Farm Bureau Federation's General Counsel |
Kezer, Boomer Wolf|
Babbitt, Secretary of the Interior|
The Yellowstone Wolf Conflict is a real problem. The people involved are passionate about their side of the issue. Your solution will not be taken lightly. It's time to take a stand, and do your best work.
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Compare with the Original Conflict Yellowstone Wolf Webquest!