Wolf-driven trophic cascade is overblown
Willow study casts doubt on theory about effects of reintroduction.
WEDNESDAY, MAY 14, 2014 4:30 AM
By Mike Koshmrl
Meanwhile some mainstream media are continuing to propagate the popular theory of a wolf-driven trophic cascade in Yellowstone wetlands. One recent example is a four-minute YouTube video, “How Wolves Change Rivers,” that went viral and generated more than 4 million views.
Its British narrator and creator, George Monbiot, is essentially telling lies, Hobbs said.
“It is true that wolves eat coyotes,” he said, “and just about every other statement in that video is false.
Is the Wolf a Real American Hero?
By ARTHUR MIDDLETONMARCH 9, 2014
When we tell the wolf story, we get the Yellowstone story wrong.
Perhaps the greatest risk of this story is a loss of credibility for the scientists and environmental groups who tell it.