March 24, 2018

Just For The Record . . . . .


In case you’ve never actually seen a wolf (like many of our friends in the eastern environmental community,) I thought I’d better add a photo so everyone knows what we’re talking about.  These two fellows (the first two of five killed legally near Pinedale, Wyoming) were caught in a calving pen killing baby calves.  They weren’t eating them, of course, just killing them.   That’s what they do.

What you immediately see from this photo is that there is a tremendous difference between a coyote and a wolf.  You can pick up a coyote with one hand.  These wolves are as big as the men holding them.  They’re well over six feet long from nose to tail and they will weigh up to 200 pounds. 

But it’s not the size that’s so impressive.  These animals are big, rangy (they will travel over 50 miles in a day,) fast, ruthless, efficient, effective , team-oriented, killing machines.  Looking at them, there’s no question why they’re on top of the food chain (the only one higher on the food chain is man.)  Imagine a pack of ten or more of these creatures circling you, and closing in for the kill — not a pretty sight.

That’s why those of us who live in heart of wolf country need to be aware.  You do not want these creatures in your neighborhood for any reason.  The destruction and carnage caused by a pack of wolves makes an encounter with a grizzly look like a walk in the park.  You ought to think twice before you let toto out at night to do his nightly ablutions.  And if you’re hiking, you might want to do like the rest of us and carry an equalizer.  You might have a chance against a pack of coyotes, but wolves . . . naw.  You’d be history.

Well, hopefully that sets the record straight.  These are not cuddly little lap dogs who live in the forest.  They’re predators — in the most sinister, ugliest sense of the word.  I hope that sets the record straight.  And I hope you give them due respect when you walk out into the forest.  Remember, the ony thing these animals respect is gunpowder and lead.