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Should wolves be reintroduced to Ireland?

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  • Registered Users Posts: 1,961 ✭✭✭ LionelNashe


    daheff wrote: »
    and when the wolves run out of deer....who do you think will be coming into the towns looking for food?


    I think the people of killarney would prefer to face a deer than a wolf.

    If the wolves start running out of deer, which is very unlikely because there are 10s of thousands of them, then we cull a few wolves.


  • Registered Users Posts: 7,801 ✭✭✭ Markcheese


    We have feck all forested land, for roaming wolves no?

    Between scrub and forest I'd say they'd by...

    Slava ukraini 🇺🇦



  • Moderators, Category Moderators, Science, Health & Environment Moderators, Society & Culture Moderators Posts: 47,099 CMod ✭✭✭✭ Black Swan


    The question is, what environmental advantage would be served by the reintroduction of wolves in Ireland?


  • Moderators, Science, Health & Environment Moderators, Society & Culture Moderators Posts: 6,290 Mod ✭✭✭✭ mzungu


    Black Swan wrote: »
    The question is, what environmental advantage would be served by the reintroduction of wolves in Ireland?

    The environmental argument for Ireland is that "the presence of an apex predator can have a massively beneficial trickle-down effect on an ecosystem – as documented in Yellowstone in the US, where wolves were brought back in the mid-1990s."

    Link: https://www.thejournal.ie/reintroduce-wolves-ireland-poll-4764310-Aug2019/

    I doubt there is much chance of it happening.


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    mzungu wrote: »
    The environmental argument for Ireland is that "the presence of an apex predator can have a massively beneficial trickle-down effect on an ecosystem – as documented in Yellowstone in the US, where wolves were brought back in the mid-1990s."
    Yellowstone is a wildlife park reserve. Not an area dominated by domesticated animal farms for human consumption.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 7,642 ✭✭✭ Chinese whospers


    https://www.rte.ie/news/politics/2019/1001/1079433-wolves/

    Would love to see it, but can't see how it's feasible.

    I’m in love with him and I feel fine.

    ^^^ although, I’m okay with getting back to winning ways, Jurgen.



  • Moderators, Science, Health & Environment Moderators, Society & Culture Moderators Posts: 6,290 Mod ✭✭✭✭ mzungu


    https://www.rte.ie/news/politics/2019/1001/1079433-wolves/

    Would love to see it, but can't see how it's feasible.

    Indeed, the time has long passed for that.


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    Humans replaced wolves in Irish food chain.


  • Registered Users Posts: 13,928 ✭✭✭✭ Beechwoodspark


    Reports this morning that our esteemed Taoiseach made a reference he’d be sooner bringing wolves back to Ireland than having sf in govt.

    Pretty disappointing he is seeking to drag politics into what is an ecological issue. Wolves SHOULD be reintroduced. No need to do cheap political jibes about it.


  • Registered Users Posts: 7,642 ✭✭✭ Chinese whospers


    Wolves SHOULD be reintroduced.


    Yeah, what could go wrong. :rolleyes:



    https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/oct/02/belgiums-first-sighted-wolf-in-a-century-feared-killed-by-hunters

    #stupidideas

    I’m in love with him and I feel fine.

    ^^^ although, I’m okay with getting back to winning ways, Jurgen.



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  • Registered Users Posts: 4,302 ✭✭✭ Wailin


    Can someone explain to me how this would be even possible in this country? There's no wilderness and farmers have grazing rights on the open hills and mountains so Wolves wouldn't last a few years before being wiped out.

    Time to get with the real world, dreamers. As much as I'd love such a thing, in this country it's just not feasible. Look at the re-introduction of the eagles ffs!


  • Registered Users Posts: 825 ✭✭✭ The chan chan man


    Sure. Lets throw in a few crocodiles and lions while we’re at it


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    Wolves SHOULD be reintroduced.
    Not practical.


  • Registered Users Posts: 3,520 ✭✭✭ paleoperson


    No, and it's a stupid idea.


  • Moderators, Category Moderators, Science, Health & Environment Moderators, Society & Culture Moderators Posts: 47,099 CMod ✭✭✭✭ Black Swan


    Nostalgia; not science. A sentimental longing for the past.


  • Registered Users Posts: 8,853 ✭✭✭ John_Rambo


    No, and it's a stupid idea.

    Paleo person, you domesticated them!
    Black Swan wrote: »
    Nostalgia; not science. A sentimental longing for the past.

    Yeah, you're right. I'd love it, but for reasons I've stated on this thread, it won't and can't happen. Stayed in a part of Spain with an active European wolf pack. They were incredibly shy, never saw one but the farmers were going nuts over it.


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    Want wolves? Cause to visit places still natural to them.


  • Moderators, Science, Health & Environment Moderators, Society & Culture Moderators Posts: 6,290 Mod ✭✭✭✭ mzungu


    Fathom wrote: »
    Want wolves? Cause to visit places still natural to them.

    Very true Fathom.


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