How wolves help the river

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How wolves help the river

Postby BtownSmallieHunter » Mon Feb 12, 2018 8:39 pm

https://youtu.be/ysa5OBhXz-Q

Pretty cool example of how reintroduction of a species can help reset an entire ecosystem.
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Re: How wolves help the river

Postby Dave Lovett » Mon Feb 12, 2018 11:30 pm

Great vid. Either they grow deer really big in Yellowstone or those were Caribou. A strong Riparian boundary along a stream is such a great solution to erosion issues. It is so disturbing when I go back to streams I hadn't fished in a couple seasons to find trees gone, just to add a little acreage for corn and beans. The increased flooding probably caused the farmer to loose more of his harvest than he could hope to gain.
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Re: How wolves help the river

Postby Goosepond Monster » Tue Feb 13, 2018 10:09 am

Those are elk. Caribou are mostly present in Canada and Alaska.
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Re: How wolves help the river

Postby Dave Lovett » Thu Feb 15, 2018 12:04 am

Oh yeah. Elk are really big lookin' deer too. Thanks Eli.
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Re: How wolves help the river

Postby Goosepond Monster » Thu Feb 15, 2018 11:00 am

Pretty tasty too.
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Re: How wolves help the river

Postby Dave Lovett » Thu Feb 15, 2018 7:22 pm

And a lot to eat too. Wonder if they taste different from Caribou? I suppose it comes down to what are they eatin'? Maybe different flavors by geography? I'm entirely ignorant on the topic...like you couldn't tell. ;)
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Re: How wolves help the river

Postby jim avelis » Fri Feb 16, 2018 10:09 am

Dave Lovett wrote:And a lot to eat too. Wonder if they taste different from Caribou? I suppose it comes down to what are they eatin'? Maybe different flavors by geography? I'm entirely ignorant on the topic...like you couldn't tell. ;)

"You are what you eat." Caribou fare is generally lichens, while elk are browsers. I have no experience with either, but have been told/read that both are excellent, each in their own way.
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Re: How wolves help the river

Postby Goosepond Monster » Fri Feb 16, 2018 11:43 am

I've only had farm raised elk, but I've heard that wild elk who have a diet of mostly sage brush can be a bit gamey.
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