Coexisting with Carnivores
by Haley Rivet
Wolves and ranchers have a long history of conflict. Ranchers need to protect their animals and wolves need to eat. The historical solution to the conflict was to kill the wolves. But wolves are a crucial part of the ecosystem. Their presence supports biodiversity by controlling the overgrazing of elk and other prey species. The disappearance of wolves from an environment has extensive implications, making them a keystone species. Today, modern wolves and ranchers are figuring out how to coexist.