Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Abused Yellowstone Wolf


The biologists in Yellowstone National Park chase wolves with helicopters each winter and put radio collars on them in an ongoing study that is in its' 15th year. The population of Yellowstone wolves has fallen from a high of 174 wolves a couple of years ago to less than 100 today. Some of this decline is due to the constant stress of being equipped with radio collars and buzzed with aircraft and followed by researchers on the ground every day of the year.

I photographed this black wolf one year ago wearing a GPS collar, which allows biologists to sit in an office and monitor the wolf's travels on a computer screen. The wolf looks miserable with its tail down and dejected manner. Yellowstone is supposed to be a place where animals live wild and free and un-encumbered by man.

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4 comments:

  1. GPS collars don't work that way. They have to be retrieved and uploaded. It is not currently possible with today's technology to sit back and watch a computer screen to track wildlife. It is very difficult and demanding whether using a traditional radio collar or a GPS collar.

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  2. You need to get your data up to date. GPS collars can upload data by satellite so that the animals can be tracked on a computer. You are talking about old GPS collars.
    Driving around with an antenna in a vehicle like they do in Yellowstone is not exactly strenuous.

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  3. What company produces this system that allows tracking from a computer?

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  4. Hi Anonymous, A simple web search will show you that the technology is called "satellite uplinking capability" and provides real-time monitoring (up to once an hour).

    Here's you a link so you can discover for yourself. [url]http://www.azgfd.gov/w_c/Habitat_Use_and_Movements_Desert_Bighorn_Sheep.shtml[/url]

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