The third grade classes visited the South Salem Wolf Conservation Center on March 20th this year. They learned about how wolves were persecuted to near extinction due to the misunderstanding many people have about them. They learned that many of the stories we grow up hearing use the wolf as the "bad guy." However, they learned that there has never been an account of a healthy wolf attacking a human in North America; ever! With this new information, the students were asked the question if they would like to see wolves re-introduced in New York, specifically if they were to be released in the Hudson Highland Wilderness. We have discussed in great length this year the idea of "point of view." This meaning that it is very easy to have an opinion about wild animals and the way they interact with humans when they do not live near them. Given the scenario of wolves living in their own backyard, they came up with some great responses, and fueled great class conversations and debates! Below are some of their responses! What do you think about wolves being reintroduced?
Wolves in the Highlands By: Mazzie Maxwell
Around the world people are bringing in wolves and taking care of them. So now they can start breeding wolves. Do you want wolves to be reintroduced to the Hudson Highlands Wilderness? Well I do and I don't want wolves back. One reson I want them back is because they are beautiful animals and super cool. The other reson is because they should be able to live anywhere. Also I don't get why people kill wolves because they have never ever, ever hurt or killed any human being. The reson I do not want wolves back is because people might start killing them again! Wolves are amazing, beautiful animals!
Why Wolves should Be ReintroducedTo The Hudson Highlands By: Evan Tighe
I would like it if wolves were reinterduced to the Hudson Highlands. If wolves were reinterduced to the Hudson Highlands I don't think they would bother us if we don't bother them. It would also help if the deer population went down because deer run outn into the road and get hit by cars, and it would stop them from eating so many plants. That's why I think it ould be a good idea to reintroducewolves to the Hudson Highlands.
Wolves Should be Reintroduced to the Hudson Highlands By: Meghan Tomann
I think it would be amazing to have wolves just in the woods near my envirement. It would be very exciting for me to hear a wolf howl again, but not that often. The wolves will prevent rotten road kill and streets near the woods. Wolves hardly hurt anything unless they need to.I really think it's harder for wolves out in the wild that it is for animales that stand in their territory.
I think wolves should be re-introduced to the Hudson Highlands By:Stefano Hammond
I think that wolves should be re-introduced to the Hudson Highlands Wilderness. It would be good to have them back in their natural enviornment. Wolves are more afraid of people than people are afraid of them. By re-introducing the wolves the population will increace. That is why I think wolves should be re-introduced to the Hudson Highlands wilderness.
For more information on the South Salem Wolf Conservation Center and their amazing work click the link below!