Shooting the Grey Wolf on Sight

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How do you feel about the Grey Wolf being shot on sight?

The governments reintroduction of the Grey Wolf has become so successful they are allowed to be shot on site. What are your thoughts? asked by Sarra Garrett

This is not a one time situation, today the grey wolf, tomorrow...what or whom? My thoughts toward situations such as this question cannot be answered by a simple phrase nor sentence. This reminds me of the issues here in Puerto Rico about cataloging similar violence like boxing and cock fights as if they were sports.

This world is up side down; red is blue, true is false, wrongs are "life changes", and values are not taught in the name of "rights". Nature has its way and when men try to dig their nose, the results generally turn into a disaster.

What enjoyment comes by taking a life just for the "fun" of shooting? After "hunting" are there some delicious recipes made with wolves? While thinking on the answer, analyze a deep quote from Jodi Picoult:

" I woke up one morning thinking about wolves and realized that wolf pack function as families. Everyone has a role, and if you act within the parameters of your role, the whole pack succeeds, and when that falls apart, so does the pack."


What is a Grey Wolf?

Wolves are from the canine family. Gray wolves are not necessarily the color gray, their color ranges from:

  • grizzled gray
  • black
  • all white

Wolves live, travel and hunt in packs (this includes mother, father, pups and other subordinate young) of four to seven animals. These animals demonstrate strong actions of affection toward their family.

Cause and effects

Yellowstone is the name of the National Park that covers nearly 3,474.92 square miles; 98% of the park lies in Wyoming, 3% in Montana and 1% in Idaho. In 1926 the wolves were all killed within its large boundaries, causing an ecosystem instability.

The absence of wolves led to the elk population becoming uncontrolled and from there the other species' habitats became affected, which came back against the human ranches and farms. The Grey wolf packs were than reintroduced to Yellowstone National Park starting in 1995.

Yellowstone National Park

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Yellowstone National Park, WY 82190, USA
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Ranchers vs. conversationalists

Around 2007, the wolves increased which brought up controversy between ranchers and conversationalists. Idaho and Montana accepted to take them down once more but not Wyoming.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service stripped federal protections, allowing wolves to be killed through:

  • hunting
  • shoot - on - sight predator control
  • kill them any time by any means
  • trapping
  • poisoning
  • gassing pups in their dens

What do you think about shooting the Grey Wolf at sight?

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Defining concepts

Defining concepts is a way to understand definitions and to be used in context. I will leave them for the reader to use them with their own critical thoughts and length of wisdom.

A sport is defined as: a physical activity that is governed by a set of rules or customs and often engaged in competitively.

A recreation is defined as: an activity or pastime that promotes: refreshment of health or spirits by relaxation and enjoyment.

Shooting is to hit, wound, or kill with a missile fired from a weapon.

Violence is a physical force exerted for the purpose of violating, damaging, or abusing.

Hunting is to pursue for food or in sport.

My questions:

  • What do human hunters do with their prey?
  • Isn't there another way to control other than to kill?

On the next full moon...perhaps no howl will be heard...what will bark, whine or growl in your backyard because a wolf will not be there to take care of it?

Blessings to all!


© Maria Magdalena Ruiz O'Farrill

Crying wolf

© 2012 Maria Magdalena Ruiz O'Farrill

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jandee 4 years ago from Liverpool.U.K

Hands off all wild life


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Lastheart 4 years ago from Borikén the great land of the valiant and noble Lord Author

That is a short and wise comment jandee , thanks!


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Froggy213 4 years ago from On A Mountain In Puerto Rico

A very well made hub; like usual! Great job voting awesome and interesting.


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Angela Blair 4 years ago from Central Texas

We are seriously involved in wolf rescue -- and you'd be surprised at the number of wolves and wolf crosses that are adopted by people who have no idea how wolves act/think and when the animal begins to exhibit wolf tendencies they either take them to a shelter or dump them on a country road to fend for themselves (and they can and will but not to mankind's liking). We're very distressed about the "open season" on wolves but appears our government gives little heed to the voices of those of us that love wolves. We own three wolves (all rescued) and by any definition they are a pack and they've even accepted our black, 1/2 Lab as one of the pack and protect and love him. Super Hub and thanks for bringing attention to this problem. Best/Sis


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Lastheart 4 years ago from Borikén the great land of the valiant and noble Lord Author

Angela Blair a heart like yours I know that your comment is true. With people like you there is still hope in this world. Thanks! You just remind me of this quote:

“Many have forgotten this truth, but you must not forget it. You remain responsible, forever, for what you have tamed.”

—Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince-


Sarra Garrett 4 years ago

Awsome Hub to my question. It is totally wrong, in my opinion, to once again shoot the grey wolf on sight. The ecosystem needs these beautiful animals to help keep the harmony. I've camped with these wonderful animals and have heard their lowly howls at night, their song is so beautiful.


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Lastheart 4 years ago from Borikén the great land of the valiant and noble Lord Author

Sarra Garrett thanks for the question and the comment, but most of all for bringing up the inspiration of doing ""something" about another human disaster. I guess you know well the quote: "Live with wolves, and you learn to howl."


WOW 4 years ago

you people have never been comfronted by one of these Demons in the woods,,, kill em all


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Lastheart 4 years ago from Borikén the great land of the valiant and noble Lord Author

WOW, thanks for your time reading this article and leaving your comment. You truly expressed it...I have never been confronted by one of these "animals" in the woods. If I ever do confront one, I surely will understand that I was the one invading his part of this wide world. I also understand that if you are being attacked you have a need to defend yourself, that is fair.


Sarra Garrett 4 years ago

I must say WOW certainly doesn't like the wolf. They are not demons and they only attack humans as a last resort.


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Lastheart 3 years ago from Borikén the great land of the valiant and noble Lord Author

Miss your comment Sarra Garrett. I came in to add a link and I hope that WOW reads what is there.

http://www.livingwithwolves.org/AW_question1.html


Sarra Garrett 3 years ago

I hope WOW reads it too. There had to have been a provocation for a wolf to attack. Maybe WOW shot it, wounded it and it came after him. That's the only reason I can think of.


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Lastheart 3 years ago from Borikén the great land of the valiant and noble Lord Author

Sarra Garrett, our hopes are positive forces.

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