February 10 2017 11:36 PM
Originally posted by: Bog hog
Originally posted by: Racer X
another depressing old story from the newsfeed I never check, I guess some guy wrote a book about this wolf Romeo that liked to hang around the Juneau dog park and play with the dogs until some douchebag hunter shot him:
The life and death of Romeo the wolf
This wolf was the rare exception and the hunter would literally have no way of knowing that. Most wolves would have sluaghtered those dogs in a split second.
No, but that is one of the more common misconceptions about wolves, as perpetuated by hunters who, with a few exceptions, actually are in general pretty stupid people, contrary to the whole bullshit mythology of their salt-of-the-earth wisdom. Most wolves would either never have gone anywhere near humans or their dogs, or would have been virtually invisible to them on their way somewhere else. Coyote's are more likely to attack dogs, but even they rarely pursue them. The overwhelming majority of the cases of dogs getting killed by wolves or coyotes are when the over-curious or over-protective dog, developmentally retarded by its existence with humans, invades the wild animal's 'space' or fails to understand behavioral cues or territorial markers. On the wolves' and coyotes' side, they see a domesticated version of themselves challenging them and giving out a scattershot of scents and malapropistic cues like a cracked out bum on angeldust talking gibberish and coming at you with a knife in his hand. This wolf Romeo was likely orphaned as an adolescent when another hunter killed his mother or the other principles of his pack. As it seems he adopted the dogs [and people] at this dogpark as his new pack, his own behavioral and 'linguistic' development likely imprinted with theirs.
Not that it is entirely unheard of for a mature wolf to attempt to interact with dogs or people in a non-hostile or even friendly way. Besides youtube videos from Alaska, Canada, and Russia, there are first hand accounts going back thousands of years. Unfortunately, these are drowned out by an overwhelming fictional tradition to the contrary, as respecting their place in the world is just not a narrative that's consistent with the 5,000 years of vilification in literature and religious lore geared toward justifying things like agrarian expansion and its concomitant deforestation, as well as notions like the divinely ordained supremacy of humans.
There were over 200,000 wolves in discreet regional communities in the area of the lower forty eight United States at the time of first contact in the 15th century, and people seemed to get along with them just fine. Pre-christian indigenous folklore there and in other northern, forested, high canid population regions like Scandinavia and Russia before Christian conversion tends to represent them fairly positively and does not indicate the kind of terrorizing Judeo-Christian attitude toward them developed in the relatively low canid population Middle East. By 1950, there were less than a hundred individuals left in the lower forty eight, the rest falling victim to centuries of those same fear-stoking mythologies, as epitomized in white evangelical 'wolf-in'the-fold' Biblical tradition and most recently expressed in retarded exploitation movies like 'The Grey' with its ten foot long, 500 pound c.g.i. superwolves.
Poor Romeo, though, right? Seemed like a pretty sweet guy.