Wolves, People, and Biological Diversity

Daniel B. Botkin

in Our Natural History

Published in print April 2004 | ISBN: 9780195168297
Published online September 2007 | e-ISBN: 9780199790050 | DOI:
 Wolves, People, and Biological Diversity

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This chapter focuses on the contributions of Lewis and Clark to the knowledge of biological diversity in North America. Their biological credits include the naming of and the first written description of the mule deer, entered into their journals on May 10, 1805. They also provided the first written descriptions of the bobcat and western gray squirrel. They were the first to record a number of new species of animals and plants which have since become extinct. The experiences of the expedition with the timberwolf, the importance of conserving the wolf, and the biological diversity of the Earth as a whole, are discussed.

Keywords: Lewis; Clark; expedition; timberwolf; conservation; endangered species

Chapter.  9884 words. 

Subjects: Biodiversity and Conservation Biology

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