Dramatic Effect of Restoring a Keystone Species

Lawrence L. Lapin

Twitter: @LarryLLapin

Yellowstone National Park provides many insights about nature. One involves a program to restore wolves to the wilderness. That has become an essential part of my stories in the Adam’s Chronicles series, where focus is placed on restoring life after an astronomical calamity. My book, Adam’s Pouched Lion, presents the efforts of dedicated humans who for five centuries have been bringing back to some of the life lost. Long-lived geneticist Adam Boatwright has been leading restoration activities “from behind,” content to let others do the heavy lifting. My books tell why he must keep his age secret.

Several times in my stories, Adam uses the Yellowstone wolves to overcome objections to predator restorations.

Wolves had been brought back to the parklands after a 70-year absence. Until that restoration, elks had lived on without predation. Those big deer multiplied, wreaking havoc to the ecology. They eliminated many plants, thereby displacing small animals, such as beavers. Coyotes became more numerous and over-killed much what remained, including beavers. Predation was essential for the health of elks themselves, which had over-multiplied, becoming scrawny and diseased.

In a short time, the restored wolves halted the elk population surge and kept those big deer on the move, allowing over-grazed plants to thrive. The relocated canines also reduced the coyote population, allowing small mammals to multiply. Beavers returned, and aquatic life and creek sides underwent a renaissance. The wolf regained its historical role as keystone species, making for a richer, more diverse ecology.

Now Adam wants to bring back the Tasmanian tiger-wolf, an animal that played an analogous role on its home island and had once roamed the mainland. Another meat-eater, the marsupial lion, has been extinct far longer. Adam hopes the Yellowstone example might help gain acceptance for using genetic “tricks” to restore that fearsome predator.

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In Book IV of Adam’s Chronicles Planet Earth is still recovering from a disastrous meteor impact. The centuries-long effort to restore animals and plants—and mankind itself—has been expanded to include bringing back certain mammals that went extinct much earlier.

Adam Boatwright worries about the future. The long-lived geneticist wants a world with a small human footprint. But he also wants to compensate for the earlier ruin people brought. His ambitious goal is improving the planet’s platform for future evolution. In doing so he has reversed extinctions, starting with woolly mammoths and saber-toothed cats. In the works are bringing back long-dead keystone Australian predators: Tasmanian tiger-wolves and marsupial lions.

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The Adam’s Chronicles Series

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Adam’s story is always brought up to date in fresh ways, so that books in this series may be read in any order.

The following book is the series prequel and may be read independently.


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