Early Wolf Research and Conservation in the Great Lakes Region

  • Curt MeineEmail author

1.1 Introduction

The history of wolf research and conservation in the upper Great Lakes is only one chapter in the epic story of evolving relationships between people and land in North America. It is, however, an especially significant chapter. The rapid pace of Euro-American settlement and environmental transformation from the early 1800s to the mid-1900s led (among other impacts) to the near extirpation of the wolf from the region. During this same period, however, the American conservation movement arose in response to reckless resource exploitation. Shifts in conservation science, policy, and philosophy allowed the wolf to be understood within a broader ecological and ethical framework, preparing the way for the recent recovery of the species in the region. In this way, the fate of the wolf in the Great Lakes has reflected broader trends in the history of conservation.

Since its historic low point in the mid-1900s, the wolf population of the Great Lakes region has recovered due to...


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Aldo Leopold Foundation/International Crane FoundationUSA

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