A WORLD WITH NO GRAY WOLVES?
Have you ever thought about a world with no gray (also spelled grey) wolves or wolves of any kind? Hmm. Would we be safer? Would our planet suffer?
SHOULD WE BE AFRAID?
OK, so let’s get some facts straight. Since 1900, there have been 2 documented deaths caused by gray wolf attacks. Two in the last 100 years! Really…
Why then are we afraid? Because of childhood fairy tales like “Little Red Riding Hood” and cartoons depicting the big bad wolf. Plus many ranchers and hunters see the wolf, any wolf, as bad for their cattle or their hunting.
WHY ARE WOLVES GOOD?
Wolves help keep elk, deer and moose populations in balance. culling out the sick and injured ones. The bottom line is they keep our ecosystem strong and healthy.
A 2001 study found that when wolves went extinct in Yellowstone, for example, the moose population ballooned to five times its normal size and demolished woody vegetation where birds nested. As a result, several bird species vanished in the park.
COOL GRAY WOLF FACTS
Wolves don’t howl at the moon. They howl to unify the pack or to warn other packs away.
Wolf pups are born both blind and deaf. All members of the pack work to feed them regurgitated food until they are about two months old.
All American wolves, except for red wolves, are considered gray wolves.
Gray wolves can be black, white, gray or any combo of these colors.
EASY ACTIONS YOU CAN TAKE
- Adopt a gray wolf through Defenders of Wildlife.
- Advocate for wolves by spreading the word on social media grey wolves are important to our ecosystem. Share information that is accurate and positive and help dispel the myths surrounding all wolves.
- Join a wolf conservation organization. We support the Wolf Conservation Center and the Endangered Wolf Center.