The Best American Science and Nature Writing (2018)]
Kim Todd’s article “The Island Wolves” discusses the history of wolves and moose on Isle Royale National park. Scientists began to study the wolves' impact on the ecosystem on the island. They believed their research was free from human intervention. However, the research findings help reshape experts' understandings of wolves and human involvement in balancing ecosystems.
Todd states that the main lesson of Isle Royale is that “the future is unpredictable” because no management decision can predict how things will turn out (95). The study leads scientists to question their research methods and possible new methods as they search for balance on the island.
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