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Protect the Gray Wolves

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Protect the Gray Wolves

Long before the settlers started to make the United States their home, “American Indians lived long beside the Gray Wolf before settlers started to come here.” (Rowe, Mark) The wolf is native to the North American continent and has been inhabiting its land for centuries. It is a canid species, or member of the canine family and is a cunning, smart, fast, and sly animal. Gray wolves range in color from black, brown, gray, and white and also look like a grown German Shepherd. They are well known for traveling in family sizes from 7-9 wolves, led by the alpha male and have a mate. They are a fierce animal that has been researched extensively because of their unique qualities and that they are near extinction.

Early settlers, all the way back in the 1700s, tried to rid these marvelous creatures from the North American continent, which almost lead to their extinction. They poisoned, trapped, furred, shot and killed all the wolves that posed a threat to their lands and livestock. The settlers seemed to be getting their way in the beginning of the 1700s because as human population increased in America, unfortunately, the wolf population plummeted. They pushed the wolves out of their original habitats and the settlers made their habitats their home. The wolf population could have plummeted for many reasons, but the main reason was the fear the humans had of the wolves. Occasionally, the wolves would hunt in the fields where the settler’s livestock would graze and at the right time, the wolves would ambush the livestock for food. The wolves hunted the cattle because the horses were to much work to kill: the horses had strong hind legs that were a threat to the wolves. Farmers and Settlers also saw these wolves a...

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...s were wolves are present, having advanced cameras with analytics that could pick up the shape and form of a wolf, and lastly if a wolf attacks a rancher’s livestock, then the government would compensate for the lost livestock.

Everyday people could also be a huge help in the protection of the gray wolf. They could donate money to national organizations, such as the Sierra Club, which promotes the protection of wolves. Many environmental organizations will combine messages from the public and their members and send them to government leaders. The public can always be better advocates for the protection of wolves, by continually staying informed and educated about the status of the wolves. Although the ranchers’ difficulties with the wolves is very real and the problem needs to be solved. Ultimately the wolves need to be protected throughout the United States.
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