• Question: Would bringing wolves to Ireland affect / help the biodiversity in Ireland?

    Asked by Sheepish mango 🐏🥭 to John on 8 Nov 2019. This question was also asked by Jac 1345736454.
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      John Butler answered on 8 Nov 2019:

      I think reintroducing wolves could help biodiversity in Ireland. There was an example where wolves were re-introduced to Yellowstone Park. Initially people were concerned as they were worried that the wolves would reduce the number of deers but actually the opposite happened.
      The wolves scared the deer away from river bank which meant that the plants were able to flourish again. More plants meant more food for deer and even though the wolves did eat some deer there were more deer. This meant the wolves helped the biodiversity.
      Now, this might not happened in Ireland but if it is done slowly and managed correctly it could be a good thing.

      You can watch a YouTube video of what happened at Yellowstone here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ysa5OBhXz-Q&feature=emb_logo

      I have made a little mathematical model of how the re-introducing of wolves will result in a positive impact on the ecosystem.