In the wilderness lies the preservation of the world.
Henry David Thoreau
Howling Paws & Growling Claws
Hello! We are the team called “Howling Paws and Growling Claws”. Our project revolves around the large mammals in western Canada, especially Pumas, Wolves and Lynx. We are especially interested in learning about how these animals are affected by the clear cuts. In order to find that out we will be attempting to find as many tracks as we can in the different forest areas. These include paw prints, claw marks, territory claims and fur on trees. We have already researched a great deal about the animals here in Germany. Wolves and pumas, for example, generally eat deer. Therefore they are very important for the forest because they maintain the ecological balance. Too many deer would eat up the small trees and saplings, and prevent them from growing into strong trees. Thanks to the pumas and the wolves, the forest can recover. We also found out that logging roads also have a strong effect in that they make it easier for pumas and poachers to travel into areas of the forest that were previously impossible to reach. We hope to run into a puma or a wolf, but of course we don’t know if we will have that chance. We will certainly watch out for them! Other than the influence of the clear cuts, we also want to try to find out if there are any other links to the other project groups on our expedition, and what relationship the people (the First Nations) have to these large mammals. Are they respectfully honored or feared? Biologist Gudrun Pflüger, without whom we could not carry out this project, will help us with our research. After the expedition we will create a presentation with all of the information we have gathered. In this presentation we would like to explain why it is so important for the large mammals that the Canadian rainforest be preserved. We also hope to help Wilderness International in its quest to save this untouched Nature from clear-cutting.
Henriette and Pascale
Project group “large mammals”
translated by Pilar Wolfsteller
Photos (c): Wilderness International, Sami Fayed