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Thursday, October 27, 2011

Killing Wolves Kills Humans

Wolves in the Columbia Mountains, BC.       August 2011   Mix Hart

Killing Wolves Directly Effects Human Health:

In areas where wolves have been hunted to near extinction, diseases like hantavirus and lyme disease are increasing in humans. The hosts of these diseases (deer and small rodents) are no longer being hunted adequately. Wolves kill deer and foxes kill small rodents. In areas without wolves, coyotes kill off the foxes and the rodent populations explode. 
Furthermore, as foxes keep bird populations under control, diseases such as West Nile Virus and the Bird Flu could also be impacted by wolf hunting. In the wild, wolves hunt coyotes before Foxes. Most likely because coyotes are in direct competition for the wolves' food. This allows the fox populations to thrive. Fox then hunt rodent and bird populations. Without wolves, coyote populations explode and they in turn hunt foxes to very low numbers. This imbalance causes particular species such as deer and rodents to grow too large and they begin to move into areas populated by humans and thus the diseases they carry are spread to humans. 
Also, birds ill with disease would normally be hunted by foxes. But if there are no foxes (because of an overpopulation of coyotes) the ill birds will remain in the population, spreading disease.

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