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Saving Wolves from extinction is important to all the food chain and the world

Even though there is not a clear case of a human being killed by a healthy wolf, the popular society has been quick to label them as vicious, bloodthirsty and ferocious predators. For more than 200 hundred years, wolves have been hunted, trapped, and poisoned for a multitude of irrational motives. To this day only a small number of wolves can be found in Eastern Europe, China and North America thanks to the efforts of wild life organizations who have included them on the list of endangered species.

Although wolves may look different from each other in color and size, most of the North American and Canadian Gray wolves, belong to variations of the species called “Canis Lupus” in the north and ”Canis Rufus” which is the red wolf limited to the South Eastern United States. Wolves are one of the largest relatives on the family of dogs. An average-size wolf may weigh 90 to 120 pounds, stands 25 to 30 inches from the ground and stretch five to six feet from nose to tail. Wolves look much like a “German Shepherd dog” with a thicker fur and a bushy tail.

In many ways, a wolf resembles dogs and lions: Like dogs, because wolves are very intelligent, protective, playful and loyal to their family. Like lions because they are tactical hunters that work together to catch their prey. Yet lions are called “Kings of the Jungle”, Dogs are called “Man’s best friends” while wolves are irrationally feared, misunderstood and mystified as “sly, evil and malicious”.


Wolves live in packs, a kind of extended family, which may count from five to twenty five members. Wolves are adaptable to live in forest, grassland, mountains and frozen tundra of the far north. They travel, hunt, eat, fight and play together under the leadership of a pair called the Alpha male and the Alpha female. Every member of a pack has a place; some wolves are higher and some are lower within a dominance hierarchy that helps to prevent fighting and maintain the unity of the pack.

The dynamics of a wolf pack are complex, intricate and profound. .Interactions between pack members transmits past experience, regulates individual behavior, reinforce the pack structure and keep their size within an ecological balance to the extend of available prey. The wolf has the ability to put aside his or her immediate need for the good of the pack. Equally, the pack has the ability to recognize and meet the needs of each individual wolf within the group. This central characteristic determines the diversity and hence the strength of the pack. As Kipling said more than 100 years ago in The Jungle Book, “The Strength of the pack is the wolf , and the strength of the wolf is the pack”.

People like Jamie and Jim Dutcher, who live and work with wolves, say that they are very near in nature to humans. Wolves are highly sensitive to emotions and like humans, are individuals, each one is to be taken on their own terms and personal characteristics. Feelings and emotions are subjective and prone to change; therefore are no easy to understand and describe. But for the wolf, as well as for humans, feelings are an essential component of the stuff of life. Fondness, playfulness, tolerance, celebration, jealousy, depression, irritability and even rage, are few of the comparative behavior patterns observed.

When a baby wolf is born, the mother wolf stays with the pup during the first few weeks and usually don’t have to hunt. The father and other members of the pack, will bring her food and provide additional protection. As the pups grow, play becomes the primary outlet for exercise, hierarchical testing and aggression. Wrestling, chasing, digging and chewing skills eventually becomes more hunting oriented. Thus through games and role playing, wolves test their strength and weakness which will determine their role and place within the dominance order of the pack. After about two years, the wolf is old enough to stay within the ranks of the family or leave to find mate and start a new pack.


Wolves can run for miles without tiring. Their legs and toes are long with strong muscles, which help them to take longer steps and move faster. Wolves hunt alone to catch small preys and in group to chase, encircle and bring a large animal to a standstill.

Like most predators, wolves have marvelous sense of hearing, sight and smell. They also are equipped with powerful jaws and pointed teeth well-suited for catching, tearing flesh and eating other animals.

Wolves communicate by body gestures, smells and sounds. Physical postures are continue reminder of social status among pack members for dominance, submission, exploration, greeting and friendliness. Wolves have a keener sense of smell and large olfactory lobes in the brain for processing information. Scent glands located on their head, toes and tail are used to mark objects and territory. Sent marking is used by wolves to define their own boundaries as much as to advertise to outsiders were the lines are drawn.


When wolves gather together for bonding, mating or playing, they make all kind of sounds. Vocal communication include high-pitched squeaking and whining used for submission and greetings. Barking and growling are used as threat, challenge or warning. Howling is the most mystified and famous call of the wolves. Contrary to popular belief, howling is not more frequent during full moons. It is used regularly and for an infinite number of reasons; There are welcoming howls for assembling the pack before or after a hunt, to claim territory or just for the socialization pleasure of it when every one in the pack joins the chorus.

Researchers believe that howling and other vocalization carry individual pieces of information which characterize each wolf by a spectrograph or voice print. Since more dominant animals tend to have greater overtones, the voice print could be read by others to understand the different messages and something about the social status of a particular wolf.

The howling can be herd from three to six miles away making the imagination of anyone to believe that the wolves are nearby.. Although many people have heard howling, few people have close encounter with wolves. First, there are few wild wolves to see and second, wolves are travelers, curious-but-scared of humans and prefer to stay away from populated areas.

In today’s world, the wild wolf can not survive without governmental support, human understanding and public education to separate facts from fiction after centuries of misinformation.

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Responses to "Why It's So Important to Save the Wolves (Video)"

  1. Anonymous says:

    My husband and I raise bison in the Adirondack Mts. of Upper New York State. While we do not see a lot of wolves, they DO exist here. We have seen single wolves several times and they have NEVER disturbed our stock. We have watched them lie down and watch for hours, but never approach. These are NOT coyotes, we have lots of those (which will try to attack a buffalo calf) and you can easily see the difference between coyotes and wolves. My husband came face to face with one (the length of a hay wagon away) when each rounded a corner of said wagon and both stopped in their tracks. The two of them just stared until my husband broke eye contact for a split second and the wolf melted into the brush.
    I don't want to tell other people what to do in their home area (we get that all the time here in the Adirondack Park), but I personally have no problem with wolves and am thrilled to see them on the rare occasions when I do.

  2. Anonymous says:

    they are an awesome creature and it would be a loss if we were to lose them .and they must be saved at all costs.

  3. Anonymous says:

    move them to a safe area, rockies or upper Montana or even higher up there no reson to kill animals what is going to be left for ur children and there children?

  4. Anonymous says:

    I believe the wolf is a spiritual creature and so beautiful. No reason to kill them, I agree move them to a safe area.

  5. Anonymous says:

    The wolf is smarter than man.
    The wolf kills for food, man kills for pleasure.
    The wolf will be faithful to his wife all his life (until his death), the man several women in his life.
    The wolf is not hypocritical, man is a hypocrite.
    The wolf kills the man to defend himself, the man kills the wolf, to have fun.

    If we compare the two ... We can say without any hesitation that man is the living being the most dangerous in the world and it is he who should be killed instead of the wolf.

    The wolf should be free. We must stop hunting just for the pleasure of killing.

  6. Anonymous says:

    I have to Wolfs
    Spirit is the daughter of
    Lobo is Spirits Father
    I love them both there like my children

  7. Anonymous says:

    Animals should be free,but humans won't allow them

  8. DENISE says:

    Mankind: Searches for life on other planets - meanwhile it destroys and ignores life on this planet?

    DENISE. NEWCASTLE, UNITED KINGDOM.

  9. Anonymous says:

    If you hunt for subsistence like many of us here in the the mountains of northern Idaho you would have a very different perspective of these animals. I take exception to anonymous that says that "wolves kill only for food". Come to my mountains and see with your own eyes the desecration of the elk, moose and deer herds. The elk herds have already been dealt a lethal blow – with elk populations 30- to 40-percent below where they were just 8 to 10 years ago. According the some people in these areas. it would take 30 years for the herds to be rebuilt to late 1990s levels (before the impact of the wolf). And the numbers of wolves continues to climb!! I have personally observed packs as large as 16 wolves!! Not a good thing.

  10. Anonymous says:

    we need the wolves they are apart of us,they are beautiful animals they are all angels,

  11. all wolfs and vild animals schall live in peace and be fri

  12. all wolfes and wild animals schood be fre andlive a good life ,dont hurt them thej are beutifull animals

  13. Anonymous says:

    People who hunt wolves are really stupid. they are very majestic animals. its sad to see such beautiful creatures being killed

  14. I sorry animals that humans are so stupid! I am one of thousands trying to help save you all from extinction. But most humans either hide in fear from horror of your posted dead body bodies on the net to help spread the word of this evil crime or don't care. I cry for animals that suffer around the world and hope they are screaming in fear and confusion instead of pain as they take their last breath.

  15. Anonymous says:

    please save the wolves they are meant to be here just like us!

  16. Jean says:

    I Love The Wolves

  17. I am a hunter I hunt for food and I have come into a few situations of coming in between a wolf pack and what they are hunting and I can tell you its a very erri feeling . But they are only doing what that have to,to survive and they need to be respected , and I have dogs and won't let them wonder mostly when its getting close to the evening because wolfs do look for there next meal its instinct that's how they survive . If you listen to the lady she hits it on the nail .We all need to stop being ignorant and go with nature it has its own way to survive and we have to respect that its natures way .

  18. Hey people! How much can you kill? Stop the killing of wolves!

  19. Anonymous says:

    wolves don,t kill humans ) humans kills wolves and so much more this is just lack of RESPECT

  20. R.Reiman says:

    Leave the wolves alone they are spiritual creatures they belong to the land like fish to water they are the wild and free ,they taught man to hunt they are the spirit of the wild they are children of mother earth they are needed as the grass grows as the wind blows as the sun shines as the rain falls

  21. R.Reiman says:

    If wolves might turn out to be trouble it is very easily solved by recording a wolf pack howl in Norway, Germany, Poland or Russia and play that in so called wolf troubled areas , the wolves will think they have been replaced by another wolf pack and will stay clear of the area because they can't confront the new wolf pack =play back ,and so live in peace with the wolf. all is one and one is all

  22. Anonymous says:

    we need to save the wolves because they are important to the food chain. If we lose them, not only will the world be less beautiful. but it will be a sad and empty place

  23. I agree DENISE!!

  24. Anonymous says:

    Man has ruined everything...overbuilding, which pushes our wildlife out of their environment so they Have to come inland to find food. We wonder why we see all these animals in our backyards or so close. We kill this specie for this reason and kill that specie for that reason, which white man thinks is the right think to do. Why dont we let nature do its thing....we probably cant because we destroy everything and get involved with all these different reasons why we should control wildlife. Testing out ways in thinking these ways are best for the land and mother nature. Do like the native americans did. we should have learned from them. Buffalo didnt become extint or other species.it was white man who has destroyed these animals. The wolf is spiritual and we have lived with them for years and years and now it's another animal that white people have to touch! White man is wrong. Leave these creatures that god put on this earth for a reason alone.

  25. They beautiful & magnificent & should be protected!

  26. Anonymous says:

    Humans are the real killers of everything wild. We should cull the humans because there are way too many for this planet. Leave the wild animals alone and let them live in peace.

  27. Wolves are suppose to stay in the wild without killing. Please save the wolves!

  28. Anonymous says:

    We need to save these beautiful animals. Don't repeat the past!!

  29. Art-Ika says:

    they are essential to the balance of nature...

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