As agriculture and new construction in Iowa continue to expand and occupy Iowa's wildlife habitat, humans are in contact with predators like coyotes more and more. Like a caller said today during the our broadcast, one of the ways to handle that problem is to kill the predators that threaten domestic pets and backyard chickens.
But author John Shivik says there’s another way. “Moving forward, we need to balance lethal versus non-lethal methods of dealing with predators. We can biologically deal with the issue instead of killing them to make ourselves feel better.”
The domestication of dogs started around 30,000 years ago when wolves started to self-select to live on the edges of human society in Eurasian. It wasn’t until about 14,000 years ago that we had the animal of dog as we know it.
Wolf 832, one of the most recognized and beloved wolves in Yellowstone, was recently shot and killed legally by a hunter. Charity Nebbe talks with Rolf Peterson, a scientist on Isle Royale, about his research and the wolf population on Isle Royale in Michigan. He talks about the future for the species and human induced population control.