The grey wolf

One of the most controversial predators in the world is for sure the famous grey wolf, it is also one of the most adaptive, which despite the ubiquitous persecution and death sentence from the human kind, it has still manage to survive in large parts of the world, and eve thrive, due to his shy nature and its excellent survival skills.

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The wolves are highly sociable animals, with a clear family structure, built around an alpha pair. The killing of a wolf may have catastrophic consequences over the entire pack, as each individual has a well defined role in raising puppies and hunting. As interesting fact, the domestic dog is a descendant of one of those now-extinct wolf populations, sometimes showing similar social behavior.

The beneficial role of the wolf on the ecosystem has been proved by scientists in the field, in U.S. Yellowstone park, where for tens of years the absence of wolves led to herbivore populations of deer grow out of control, exhausting landscape from over-grazing, and even changing water course, of rivers, by modifying the consistence of vegetation on the river beds. Then the wolves have been reintroduced and the beneficial effects appeared soon, the forest recovered, and the deer number was back under control, all has been measured by scientists and recorded, nevertheless this did not increase wolves acceptance by human communities, in U.S or around the world.

The wolf is a common motif in mythology throughout Eurasia and North America (corresponding to the historical extent of the habitat of the gray wolf). The obvious attribute of the wolf is its nature of a predator, and correspondingly it is strongly associated with danger and destruction, making it the symbol of the warrior on one hand, and that of the devil on the other. The modern trope of the Big Bad Wolf is a development of this although majority of recorded attacks on people have been attributed to animals suffering from rabies. There is however a conflict between wolf and heard grazer which use to leave their animals unattended in the mountains and wild spaces, claiming themselves absolute master of the land…I just call it irresponsibility, laziness and even stupidity, with absolute lack of respect for the other species with which we share this planet.

Fingers cross for this magnificent animal, hope it will survive, as it truly represents the symbol of wild and unspoiled nature! It would be a pity one day if it existed only in the fairy tales or the zoos, the world would never be the same again!

4 thoughts on “The grey wolf

  1. Wolves are some of my favorite animals. If you have time, I recommend you look up the book Predatory Bureaucracy by Michael Robinson. Lots of good information about the history of wolf conservation, and mostly eradication, in the US. It gives a good sense of how determined Americans were (and sometimes still are) to eliminate any animal that they judged to be a nuisance.

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  2. The wolf was extinct in Sweden in the 1970s. Then we had some wolves from the Finnish-Russian population. Here in Sweden, the reindeer owner want to eradicate the wolf. They are lazy devils who do not want to guard their reindeer, just slaughter them and get paid. Nevertheless, the state pay them for every reindeer that a wolf takes. Same with the hunters. They say “the wolves are taking our moose and deer”! In Sweden you have to shoot deer and moose, otherwise they will become too many and there will be diseases. Why not let the wolf be alone? There are around 355 wolves in Sweden. Wolves do not attack people.

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    • Thanks John, indeed, this is the sad reality, I couldn’t have said it better! Hope is not too late for humanity to one day get back to their senses, focus more on spiritual side of things, harmony living side by side in nature, instead of this ever increasing materiality and comfort!

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