SALT LAKE CITY -- One of nature's fiercest predators was celebrated Saturday at Utah's Hogle Zoo.
Wolf pals, Glacier and Neff, were brought to the zoo to help the public learn more about them and their species. Zookeepers say wolves should be looked at as an essential element of the environment, rather than an enemy.
"If there's no wolves keeping the deer in check, then the deer eat all of the leaves and then it affects everybody, it affects the whole ecosystem," says zookeeper Celeste Cambarei. "You can't just take one animal out of the equation, especially a top predator, and not have it affect the whole ecosystem."
Zookeepers say they understand ranchers, hunters and farmers have concerns about wolves in the wild, but feel they could reach a compromise that would be good for everyone.