a good idea?
“REWILDING” MEANS RESTORING animals—often predators
such as bears and wolves—into wilderness areas. Supporters
say rewilding gives certain species a greater chance of survival
and increases the biodiversity of an ecosystem. Critics argue
that rewilding is still experimental and it’s impossible to know
or understand its effects on an environment.
What do you think?
FIND OUT MORE ABOUT THIS TOPIC. On the Internet, search:
•“Rewilding the American West”
•“Rewilding North America debates”
•“The paradox of rewilding”
•“ 8 big pros and cons of wolf reintroduction”
•“Wild Earth Guardians”
• Rewilding apex predators will
have a very extensive ripple effect.
What will they eat? Is there enough
room for natural competition,
without having hikers, joggers and
trash cans or ranch animals becoming targets? This needs extensive
research before we intervene inappropriately.
—Maria E. Feny-Aredes
• Wolves just killed 19 elk cows
and young in Yellowstone. They
didn’t eat a single one. This is not
working as they intended.
• If they were raised in captivity:
no. They become dependent on
humans. [It’s like] serving them up
on a silver platter.
—Marie Ann Purdy
• We, mankind, are constantly
displacing animals in the name of
progress and we need to be far
more aware of the effects on the
wild animal population.
• I think if they are able to live
independently and under protection from poachers and hunters,
then yes. As a human being, I would
rather be free then penned up.
• Humans were foolish and irre-
sponsible by eliminating them from
their original habitat and now we
must correct this selfish wrong.
YES FROM OUR READERS
NO FROM OUR READERS