CORVALLIS — Oregon State University scientists are proposing management changes on western federal lands that they say would result in more wolves and beavers and would reestablish ecological processes.

In a paper published earlier this month in BioScience, “Rewilding the American West,” co-lead author William Ripple and 19 other authors suggest using portions of federal lands in 11 states to establish a network based on potential habitat for the gray wolf — an apex predator able to trigger powerful, widespread ecological effects.

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