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Traci Stobbe

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Transcript of Wolves

The Minnesota Wolf Hunt The media portrayal of the MN Wolf Hunt is wrong because of how wolves were endangered, the bad stereotype of wolves in the media, and the close relation between wolves and man's best friend. Wolves were recently endangered! Why kill them now?
A million wolves were killed between the year 1850 and 1900.
For a long time people would get money for bringing in a dead wolf. Bounty Hunting!
One reason why there are so few wolves today is partly because people would try to poison them. On the other side farmers would argue that after the period of time the wolf was on the endangered species list there were too many wolves because the amount of farmer's livestock killed by wild animals (particularly wolves) was going up. And the event of a wild animal lurking near the farm happened more and more often. Some wolf species that had and once have had low numbers in population in the U.S. were the following;
.Mexican Grey Wolf
.Eastern Wolf
.Great Plains Wolf / Buffalo Wolf
.Makenzie Valley Wolf / Canadian Timber Wolf Some wolves that are now extinct that used to dwell in the U.S. are in the following list;
Wolf Year Extinct
Kenai Peninsula Wolf 1925
Cascade Mountain Wolf 1940
Mogollon Mt. Wolf 1935
Texas Wolf 1942
S. Rocky Mt. Wolf 1935 Another reason why the media portrayal of the first Minnesota Wolf Hunt is wrong is because it may be falsely based on the bad stereotype of wolves in the media!
Like in... The Three Little Pigs!!! And in... Peter and the Wolf a classic ;) Does The Boy Who Cried Wolf and Little Red Riding Hood ring a bell? Does That was a scene from "The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe". The wolf seen in this scene is the leader of the evil queen's secret police. The next picture is a of a scene in a more adult video called "The Grey" which features people on a camping trip that get stalked and attacked by a pack of wolves. Even though the media may have a stereotypical view of wolves that may have rubbed of onto reality there are still more reasons why we shouldn't be involved in a wolf hunt. How many of you people out there own or know someone who owns a dog? I bet a lot of you said yes to that question and maybe even saw the breed you have in that diagram. Know it or not, dogs evolved from wolves. Without them, there would be no man's best friend. Even closer to the wolf than a dog is a wolf hybrid. Wolf hybrids must be licensed and vaccinated because they are considered a dog. (Wolf Hybrid- cross between a wolf and a domesticated dog). Because a wolf hybrid is considered a dog they need to be vaccinated for rabies like a dog but there is currently no USDA approved vaccine for this. Therefor, because of the lack of federal approval, if someone is bit by this animal it may be treated differently then a dog bite. Dogs were long believed to have descended from several species, including the wolf and jackal. Recent scientific analysis of dogs, however, has upheld that the dog's primary ancestor is the wolf. Another example is the wolf in the Neverending Story The Seven Goslings is another book that gives kids the idea of the big bad wolf. If found in someones house with a collar, I could easily be mistaken as a German Shepherd puppy. Archaeological records show that the dog was the first domesticated animal, from the wolf, some time around the ice age (as shown in the movie Ice Age). The first domesticated dog, to date, was at a German site dated 14,000 B.C. Dogs were thought to work together with humans to locate and announce where the hunter's prey had fallen after being shot by the person's arrow. The official name of the dog family is Canidae. There are about 38 species in this family. Dogs and wolves make up a very small percentage of these. Jackals, foxes, and zorros make up the majority. Only 3 species are fully domesticated dogs referred to as Canis Familiaris. {zorros- zorro is the spanish name for fox but zorros are more related to dog like candids than foxes. Dogs have gone through a number of changes because of natural selection. They have changed even more through artificial selection/ breeding, whether it's for hair color, size or temperament. This results in there being about 200-400 breeds of dog worldwide. Did you know that a dog that weighs the same as a wolf will have a 20% smaller head. Several factors result in this during domestication. Dogs heads vary slightly from wolves heads because they have smaller teeth, curved lower jaw, and more forward looking eyes. Most dogs bark. Wolves do too. Both dogs and wolves bark in alarm or at some unidentified intruder, but dogs are known to sometimes bark for some unknown reason. Visual communication is very important to wolves like the position of ears tail or lips. Dogs may use this too but less and less as domestication progresses. Traditional submissive and dominate dog/ wolf behaviors are less effective for dogs with drooping ears, bobbed tails, and long coats. This is because for these animals can't communicate a tucked tail, pinned back ears, or raised or lowered hackles. It is concluded that domestic dogs rely more on olfactory senses. Olfaction- sense of smell
Olfactory Senses- sense of smell/ ability to perceive and distinguish odors
Hackles- the erectile hairs on the back of an animals back (shows fear or agression) You've all heard the saying, "You can teach an old dog new tricks," but teaching a younger dog is easier, and although wolves and dogs are much alike I'd stay away from trying to teach any age wolf tricks. They are still a wild animal and at sometimes can be unpredictable.... But isn't that what makes them so wonderful?
Why would anyone want to hunt these wonderful creatures? Media really must have an influence. Bibliography

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13 Jan. 2012. Web. 02 Jan. 2013. "The DNR hosted an online survey of 7,351 responses, 1,542 people supported a wolf season and 5,809 opposed it." Several factors result in this during domestication. Dogs heads vary slightly from wolves heads because they have smaller teeth, curved lower jaw and more forward looking eyes.
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