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The Beauty of Wolves

Updated on January 20, 2015

Istas Pajuta

Istas Pajuta aka Medicine Eyes. He's handsome.
Istas Pajuta aka Medicine Eyes. He's handsome. | Source

Wolves

Wolves (Canis Lupus), are a great part of Mother Nature and have been on this Earth for about 2.942 million years. They are a great and necessary cycle in our ecosystem. Cattlemen who run the meat industry would have people believe different. They would have people believe that wolves are a nuisance and need to be exterminated. Wolves run in packs that range from 5 to 40 at times depending on their habitat. There is a green light to hunt wolves any which way possible in Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, and Alaska. Wolves, yes are predators but control prey animal populations so that there is a natural balance on the planet. Their diet given the territory they reside in can consist of fish, berries, melons, bison, deer, elk, moose, hogs, goats, waterfowl, squirrels, sheep, marmots, beaver, hares, badgers, foxes, mice, and other rodents.

Wolves have also been known to ATTACK humans, EATING humans is a different question. There are many recorded attacks on humans but no explanation is given as to what may have provoked the attack. An assumption may be humans came too close to the packs den or too close to the packs young. Another possibility is wolves react to human encroachment as a threat. Healthy wolves have been known to attack humans and these reasons may be the case as of why. Some humans take for granted the land and all that is on it. Some humans hunt for sport the same prey animals that the wolves eat for food.

There is a great political fight going on since wolves have been removed from the endangered species list in some areas. Humans need to realize that when they hunt the wolves food source for their fun and games, the wolves will in turn, start looking to their livestock for food. Common sense needs to play a huge part in the preservation of this planet and its natural resources. If predatory animals such as the wolf become extinct, their prey animals will take over in abundance and cause humans and Mother Earth a new list of problems. There are other predators that can eat the same prey animals that wolves eat, but Mother Nature has kept wolves on this planet for millions of years for a reason. Man is their only predator. There is a great effort in force to put wolves back into the wild by sanctuaries and breeding facilities. There used to be over two million wolves in the United States alone. Human progress has disrupted habitats and the Earth's ecosystem.

The planet has started deteriorating because of the destruction of habitats. To this day a handful of humans understand the necessity of wolves and their part they play in the ecosystem. There are others, though that would love to see them all destroyed and gone forever. Education of this planet and its creatures as well as the parts they play on it should determine humanities next move as far as preserving Mother Nature's intentions.

If you have time and access to a wolf sanctuary near you please go get educated and spend time with these majestic creatures of the planet. Three sanctuaries in California where I'm from are www.bigbearzoo.org, www.californiawolfcenter.org, and www.wharwolves.org. Thank you for your time.

Wolf and Man

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Black Wolf

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Wyoming 2003-2011 Status Report

CAUSE OF MORTALITY WOLVES
2003
2004
2005
2006
2007
2008
2009
2010
2011
DEPREDATION CONTROL
18
29
41
44
63
46
31
33
13
NATURAL
3
0
3
1
2
3
2
1
1
UNDER INVESTIGATION
5
1
5
8
5
8
0
4
1
UNKNOWN
1
0
0
1
2
8
7
2
4
OTHER
0
7
2
5
3
14
0
5
2
TOTAL
27
37
51
59
75
79
40
45
21
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
LIVESTOCK DEPREDATION
2003
2004
2005
2006
2007
2008
2009
2010
2011
CATTLE
34
75
54
123
55
41
20
22
16
SHEEP
7
18
27
38
16
26
195
33
28
DOGS
0
2
1
1
2
0
7
0
1
GOATS
0
10
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
HORSES
2
0
1
0
1
0
0
1
0
WOLVES CONTROLLED
18
29
41
44
63
46
31
33
13
Wyoming Grey Wolf Status Report Depredations and control actions from 2003 to 2011 outside Yellow Stone National Park

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