27 Oct '11, 12pm

Killing Wolves: A Product of Alberta’s Big Oil and Gas Boom

Killing Wolves: A Product of Alberta’s Big Oil and Gas Boom The development of the tar sands and other oil and gas fields in Alberta has carved up the Canadian province's boreal forest, threatening herds of woodland caribou. But rather than protect caribou habitat, officials have taken a controversial step: the large-scale killing of the wolves that prey on the caribou. by ed struzik In the spring of 1995, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service captured several wolves from west central Alberta and set them loose the next year in Yellowstone National Park, hoping they would fill in the missing link in the park’s complex system of predator-prey relationships. Wolves hadn’t been seen in Yellowstone in 70 years. Beyond anyone’s wildest expectations, and despite fierce opposition of some local ranchers and hunters, these and other wolves brought in from Alberta and British Columbia...

Full article: http://e360.yale.edu/feature/alberta_canada_energy_boom_p...

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