By Jim Stanford on June 5, 2009
At Summit on the Snake last week, Steve Cain, chief biologist for Grand Teton National Park, alluded to recent research showing that restoration of wolves has had ancillary benefits for the Jackson Hole ecosystem, including increased numbers of pronghorn, small mammals and raptors.
The predators have reduced coyote populations, for example, which prey on varmints, which are now more numerous and so provide more food for eagles, hawks and other birds of prey. Similar studies have found a correlation between a reduction in elk populations and increased riparian habitat.
Tonight the Western Wolf Coalition presents a film about this balance wolves and cougars bring to the environment, “Lords of Nature: Life in a Land of Great Predators.” Showtime is 7 p.m. at Center for the Arts, and admission is free. Click here to watch a trailer.
The screening will be followed by a panel discussion featuring Mike Jimenez, wolf recovery coordinator for the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service; Dubois rancher Jon Robinett; Phil Cameron, outreach director for Western Wolf Coalition; and state Rep. Keith Gingery, R-Jackson, who has tried to broker a legislative solution to Wyoming’s wolf management issues.