The brewing social media wolf wars

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“Yellowstone National Park isn’t a zoo. It doesn’t exist in a vacuum, and neither does the science or facts supporting wolf management. Wildlife, including wolves, are managed at the population level, not at the individual level. Wildlife management accounts for environmental variables, as well as natural and human-caused mortality among many other factors. Nature is inherently setup to deal with death. That’s why animals have litters, lay multiple eggs and spawn dozens of fry at once, and why breeding seasons are staggered throughout a wide range – it’s all about maximizing survival rates. The human desire to name individual animals or anthropomorphically identify with family units does a grave disservice to wildlife management and the animals themselves. And Yellowstone National Park is complicit in humanizing wildlife and conflating several issues while ignoring the science and life outside of the park when it comes to wolves in order to justify their own biased interests.” — Brian Lynn, vice president of marketing and communications at Sportsmen’s Alliance

In Episode 219 of District of Conservation, Gabriella explores the brewing wolf war out West, the REEF Act, and why fishermen need to have their concerns about offshore wind projects, like Vineyard Wind, heard. 

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  • Gabriella Hoffman is a Media Strategist and Award-Winning Outdoor Writer. She hosts the "District of Conservation" podcast and CFACT's original YouTube series "Conservation Nation." Learn more about her work at

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