Introduction HistoryLegal Obligations ProblemsWolf Case Study
BENEFITS OF REINTRODUCTION
Our duty to restore the damage done by human actions and replace lost species.
have a moral and ethical obligation to reverse the degradation of the past"
(Trees for Life, 2002)
Wolves and other "dangerous" species may in particular attract visitors.
Enhancing species diversity, developing habitats and as predators.
As predators species encourage the healthy growth of prey populations.
For example wolves if reintroduced could reduce the red deer population and promote the restoration of native pinewoods (Spinney, 1995).
May be accompanied by restoration of suitable habitats e.g. expanding areas of riparian woodland in conjunction with the reintroduction of beavers (Trees for Life, 2002)
Felling trees for dams provides a natural coppicing process
Beaver ponds increase aquatic vegetation providing a food source for fish, amphibians, birds and other species higher up the food chain e.g. otters and herons
Beaver dams and ponds create a habitat for nesting birds.
Improve the quality of the rivers through self purification and decreasing the water flow.