The grand canyon

Grand canyon national park photo by Niagara66

The Grand Canyon is one of those sites that many people would consider a must see, some time in each persons lifetime. However, this website is here to help you find wild places – views are often beautiful, and great places to look out for wildlife (they are often high up) but here we are not listing views for their own sakes: However by definition places like the grand canyon are relatively remote, and as such can be superb for wildlife. As with elsewhere, hunting pressures have driven many interesting species to extinction. The grand canyon is no different, wolves and grizzly bears have been absent for quite some time, grizzlies since 1935, and wolves since the 1940s. Having said that, there is much discussion about reintroducing grizzles to this part may of both America, and recently, in just the last few years, a lone wolf was spotted within the grand canyon national park. Wolves are slowly recovering from a virtually extinction in the USA, but this is not always welcomed. The US fish and wildlife service have recently scrapped rules to allow the Mexican wolf to expand north to the grand canyon despite wide public support, thuogh wolves could still roam as far north as Flagstaff, so long as they didn’t cross Interstate 40. This would expand the range beyond a tiny area on teh Mexico-Arizona border, where the animal has been limited since 1998. Under most alternatives in the proposed plan, wolves would be able to roam in New Mexico and Arizona from Interstate 40 south to the border of Mexico. Wolves wandering north to habitat on the San Francisco Peaks or Grand Canyon National Park and beyond would be removed. Similar conversations about reintroducing grizzly bears to this region are being undertaken, though in their case it would have to be started with reintroduction rather than natural migration. Currently bobcats, coyotes and black bears play the apex predators, but the return of the grizzly and wolf would transform the ecosystem. There is still elk, mule deer and bighorn sheep. For many people seeing the grand canyon with their own eyes is a activity they feel they should do once in their life. For me and I hope for many of my readers, I want to see it wild. I hope that the recovery of the grizzly bear and wolf in North America continues unabated

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