Moral of this post: Big wolves suck. Beer and tequila are great ambassadors.
After working with my brother at a wolf sanctuary in FL, I have mixed feelings. My time there crystallized the fact that wolves can never be pets, and the market that attempts to make them such is more cruel than the hunting of wild wolves.
Working with former ranchers, the credibility of financial and human threat isn't as high as it is with mountain lions, but its not nothing either.
When I lived in Alaska we had a huge tourism industry and a tiny ranching industry, when the poster wolf for the pack at the opening of Denali was killed in 2001, the shooter never came forward, because there was no local sympathy ... on the other hand we did kill and eat grizzly because park officials felt strongly that the population inside the park hadn't picked up any bad habits, and it was worth one kill to keep it that way. Sometimes you have to be the bad guy, and it can be a more ethical decision than eating pounds of pork simply because you don't fancy anthropomorphizing hogs.
Bottom line ... keeping a healthy population with its own space is everyone's shared goal, but strategy for individual cases is best left to local professionals, and not nerds like me.
Guys, please let's keep this respectful. Thanks.
wow!:shocked3: they are much bigger than I thought... I kinda picture wolf just like big German Shepherd!!:spin chair: excuse me but I living in the city all my life. lol:wink:
I agree with Eric. I found the photos disturbing. I always find hunting/trophy photos disturbing. IDK, braggng about killing something doesn't seem right to me. Just this gun toting lefty's opinion.
Last time I saw a wolf was camping in Northern Utah/south idaho and it was just a scrawny litte thing, those are some well fed wolves.
I'm with the wolves on this one. Clearly, the subtext was "Dancing With Wolves", and the photos were intended to be amusing.
While I'm sure many found them so, I did not.
There several are regions of this country that, over the years, I have avoided re-visiting; always because of the people, never because of the wildlife.