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As the human population expanded westward, wolves were hunted, trapped and poisoned in such large numbers only a few pockets of the animals survived. Throughout the late 1800s into the mid-1900s America waged war on all predators, including wolves, bear, cougar, fox and coyotes. By the early 1920s wolves were mostly extinct across America.
After the populations of elk, bison and deer in remote places of the west exploded, scientists and conservationists began reconsidering the importance of predators within an ecosystem. Years of research and debate ensued and conservation managers decided to bring wolves back to Yellowstone National Park. Yellowstone was chosen due to its size and amount of wild space available for wolves. With the passage of the Endangered Species Act of 1973, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service was legally mandated to begin the restoration process of those animals listed as endangered or threatened. However, it would be many years of education before public sentiment began to swing in favor of the re-introduction.
Finally in 1995, fourteen Canadian wolves were transported and released into Yellowstone. The majority of these wolves thrived on the large elk herds resulting in a high wolf pup birth rate and subsequent development of new packs. The wolf population grew much faster than initial projections. In 2009 the northern wolf population was removed from the endangered species list. Lawsuits were filed which began a back and forth listing and delisting of the wolves, which continues today. Despite the political haranguing wolves have returned to the central Rocky Mountains with a bang.
Today, wolves within the boundaries of Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks are completely protected under Park Service rules. However, any wolf that strays outside the parks is subject to the wildlife management law of the surrounding states of Montana, Wyoming and Idaho. Montana and Idaho have instituted hunting seasons on packs outside the park boundaries. Federal authorities have never accepted Wyomings state management plan so wolves are still protected in Wyoming, even outside the parks.
Wolves are holding their own both within and outside the parks. The population of gray wolves in the northern Rocky Mountains is estimated at over 1,600. Currently more than 500 wolves inhabit the greater Yellowstone ecosystem alone. The debate over their presence will continue long into the future. Conservationists, scientists and much of the general public remains in favor of the animals and their impacts on the ecosystem. Ranchers, other scientists and hunters are often against the wolves due to their significant predation upon livestock and elk in the region. It remains to be seen how effective wolf management plans will be on a species that easily and willingly travels huge distances in search of food and suitable habitat.
Whatever happens politically, wolves have been part of the Yellowstone ecosystem for nearly twenty years. They've provided invaluable research concerning the effects of large predators upon a landscape. While there will never be a complete acceptance of the wolves by everyone, it appears the animals are here to stay and might even be quietly increasing and expanding their range without the interference of humans.
Example of Informative Speech: Notes
1) The speech starts with a clear opening statement. Start an informative speech by opening with your point of argument, or the main thesis of your talk. The speech above is about wolves in Yellowstone Park and the speaker states it straight away - thats good! Dont leave your audience guessing what youre going to talking about until 5 minutes into your speech.
2) The speech provides a good opening summary of the talk. It may seem strange to provide a summary of your talk in the opening sentences thereof, but see it as a kind of a brochure or program youre handing out to the audience. Youre basically telling them: This is what Im going to tell you about, and this is how Im going to do it. It sets anticipation and provides a logical framework for the audience to follow.
3) The speech provides sufficient background and history on the topic. Never assume that everyone knows as much about the topic as you do. Remember: Youve been researching (see #4 below) and reading up on these ideas for a while, but audience members might not be as clued up on the history and background of your topic. So bring them up to speed by providing (brief) background and historical information if applicable.
4) The speech uses factual data, statistics and verifiable facts. With informative speeches, feelings and wishful thinking dont count for much. Use facts and data, statistics and proof that youve gleaned from good sources. This is what sets a good informative speech apart. See the article on Ethos for more on credibility.
5) The speech makes it obvious that the speaker did research on the topic. And you should do the same. See the article on Research for Speechwriting for more on this.
Example of Informative Speech
Today I will discuss the topic of the reintroduction of wolves into Yellowstone National Park. I will present a general overview of the species, talk about the reintroduction and conclude with some ideas about the future of the wolves.
Wolves historically roamed the entire North American continent, from the northern tundra to the jungles of Mexico. Each region of the country had its own distinct subspecies of Canis lupus, with most of those subspecies being extinct today.