National Wolf Awareness week is to dispel misconceptions and bring to light the true role, that wolves play in biological diversity. There are many groups, that work to defend and protect the wolf in regions like the northern Rockies. This week is one way to do that. It is an attempt to educate people about wolves. Hopefully, this article will help.
In the lower United States, there are fewer than 5,000 gray wolves. In Alaska, there is about 11,000 alone. They are starting to make a comeback. However, they still remain on the endangered species list. In appearance, they resemble the German Sheppard. Besides gray wolves, there is also red and Mexican wolves.
Many livestock owners have long hunted wolves. As a pack, wolves will work together to stalk and kill livestock. A pack is usually made up of 4 to 7. Packs include a mother and father. Wolf pups are born blind and defenseless. They are cared for until they reach the age of 9 to 10 months. Domestic animals are easy prey for wolves. Many farmers and ranchers actually appreciate wolves. They realize, that wolves are at the top of the ecosystem that plays a major factor as a predator. However, they don’t care to give up their livestock to support them.
Farmers and ranchers are not the only problem for wolves. Their natural habitat is being replaced by human encroachment into their territory. Everyday new homes are going up and land is being cleared. This causes the wolves to move out and stray into unfamiliar territory. People then become alarmed, when they see wolves in new areas.
Defenders of Wildlife are working to help humans and wolves coexist. There are many nonlethal tools that can be used, to safely move wolves away and prevent conflicts. There are three types of individuals that have a confrontation with wolves. Those three are the rancher/farmer, outdoors-man and homeowner. By taking a proactive approach, confrontations can be reduced. The key is to eliminate attractants for wolves. Things like heavy duty trash containers, strong fencing, removal of dead livestock can help to keep wolves at their distance. Another way is to learn how wolves live and react. This is why education about wolves is so important.
In 1995, the wolf was reintroduced in Yellowstone Park. Today it is one of the best places to observe the wolf in its natural habitat. Many photographers and artists like to use wolves for their portraits. Educators can also use wolf printouts for art projects. They are ideal for science students that are interested in wildlife to research and write about.
Then, there is the adopt a wolf program. This is a good program for children, grandchildren as well as lovers of wolves. You will receive pictures, folders and a certificate of adoption. Your fee goes to caring for these endangered animals.