It might not seem obvious at first, but wolves can have a huge
indirect effect on ecosystems.
They aren’t just good for reducing deer
populations and such; they fundamentally change how these herbivores
behave, where they graze and which areas they avoid.
This means that
trees and plants start growing again in places that were overgrazed,
giving shelter to all kinds of species (songbirds, beavers, rabbits).
This in turns changes how the local ecosystem works further, providing
more ecological niches to more species, until after a few years the area
is almost unrecognizably more alive!
All this thanks to wolves, this
underrated apex predator!
Check out the great video below to see
the chain of events in action after wolves were reintroduced in
Yellowstone after an absence of about 70 years…