Wolves' population have been decreasing here in the USA, but it's wolves' natural aggressive behavior that's getting them killed, and also the fact that they will kill cattle if given the opportunity.
One of the reasons why wolves no longer dwell in the Black Hills of South Dakota is because Grey/Gray Wolves (Canis Lupus) were attacking cattle. Of course, a wild animal is going to go for the easier kill, because with cattle most likely they won't have to chase a cow very far (for there are fences). After many years of this happening, wolves eventually got pushed out of SD, because the owners of the cattle that were getting attacked were shooting and killing the wolves. This started way back in the late 19th century, and eventually continued into the 20th century, but it really started becoming a big problem in the '70s. Many more wolves were being killed, because many more farms were being made, ergo much more cattle for the wolves to kill, therefore causing more owners to shoot more wolves.
An example story is the famous story about the "Custer Wolf", which was a Grey/Gray Wolf in 1911 who caused destruction among multiple ranchers' livestock. The damage was estimated to be a loss of around $25,000 all in all. This wolf was hunted for months, and eventually was killed by a hunter who caught the wolf in a trap.
You can read more about the story here.
I am going to say right now that I am not against an owner of any type of property killing an animal that's causing damage to their property. Let me put it this way: if a mouse is wreaking havoc and destruction in your house, you are going to want to kill it, am I right? What if a wolf, or, really any predator—let's say a Mountain Lion for sake of example—were to kill hundreds (or thousands) of dollars worth of farm animals? Would you not want to get rid of the source of the problem (in the example case, the Mountain Lion)?
It really is unfortunate that Grey/Gray Wolves are dying out, but they do have refuge in Yellowstone National park. They have Buffalo and deer to kill, and hunting is not allowed.
If you would like to know how this short article came about in my mind, this is what lit the bulb (for lack of better words) in my brain:
The latest NRA (National Rifle Association) issue had a short story in the 'Armed Citizen' section of the issue about a man encountering a wolf pack. Here it is:
"A man was out checking his trail cameras in Colville, Wash., on the evening of Oct. 7, 2020, when he found himself surrounded by a pack of wolves hovering about 30 yards away. As the wolves moved closer, he yelled to scare them off. Instead of retreating, however, they growled at him and showed their teeth. Luckily the man was carrying his Browning rifle with him, and was able to protect himself by shooting one of the wolves in the chest, instantly killing it. When the other pack members started to retreat, he was able to escape and call the sheriff's office to report the incident."
Well, it's not EXACTLY on the dot, I was 5 minutes late. But, it is 12:05 a.m. which means it's 5 minutes past Thanksgiving!
So, Happy Thanksgiving!
Best wishes to all.
For school, I did a very short research paper on wolves. Just if you would like to know some things about wolves, here it is:
The wolf (canis lupus) is a large member of the canine family, native to Eurasia and North America. There are many species of wolves, and the most common is the large Grey/Gray wolf. Another common variety is the Black Wolf, but that is also a variety of grey/gray wolf, which is a little known fact.
Wolves hunt in packs, and a big weapon that they have in hunting is being one of the more intelligent (for lack of better words) of animals. Dogs in general are known to be one of the more smarter animals, but the wolf especially is. When approaching their prey, they will always test for vulnerabilities/weaknesses. Unlike most wildcats and a lot of other predators, wolves don't attack their prey by surprise (for instance, a mountain lion may stay in a tree, waiting for some deer to walk under the tree), but instead they chase their prey. For example, when hunting a musk oxen, Arctic Wolves (canis lupus arctos) will run after the stampeding oxen. One of the reasons why wolves do this is because most of the terrain wolves live in is very open, and there really aren't any areas to ambush their prey. Wolves will also try to get access to the younger and weaker ones of the prey they are after (i.e. Arctic Wolves will try to spread out the adult musk oxen in order to get to the calves). If really hungry, wolves will resort to eating smaller animals such as hares, but usually go for hoofed animals such as deer and elk. And it is not unusual for a wolf to be injured (and sometimes killed) during a hunt, from being kicked by hoof or stabbed by an antler.
Wolves also have a very unusual way of mating. Most animals mate many times in their lifespan, but other animals such as ducks (and wolves) will either mate for life or only twice in one lifetime. Usually the only time a wolf mates more than once is when he or she loses her/his mate.
Wolves also have enemies (I don't use the word "predator" because the following animals don't hunt wolves, they just pose a threat to wolves), and most of them are just threats to the wolf puppies (to which I will make it clear which ones are):
While in quarantine, I took up a hobby: Tea Making (not exactly brewing, but making). So far I've had 9 new flavors. I now mainly work on making highly caffeinated teas. The most I've done before is one I made for a friend for his birthday, which had 14 levels of caffeine (he likes caffeine lol).
I'm trying to go for 4 teas a month, but we've been moving (2 weeks until we move into our new house) and being busy with other things, so I haven't really had a chance since last month to make some new teas.
We're also facing evacuation because of the fire that's going on from the 12,000+ lightning strikes, which sparked many fires. I know a lot of folks are praying for us, and it's much appreciated, more than you'd think.
I just thought this was neat. Wolfram Mathematica is kind of like an EXTREMELY highly advanced calculator, and you can have lots of fun with it. This man was testing duckweed as a fertilizer by using the Wolfram language in this particular post that I am sharing with you guys:
Hope you enjoy it