The Wolf In Your Living Room…

Wolves are wild dogs and dogs are domesticated wolves.

“Wayne (1993) elucidated the genetic affinities of three of the members of this canid division, as follows: “The domestic dog is an extremely close relative of the gray wolf, differing from it by at most 0.2% of mtDNA sequence…. In comparison, the gray wolf differs from its closest wild relative, the coyote, by about 4% of mitochondrial DNA sequence.” To summarize, these data suggest the following: (1) gray wolves and coyotes are closely related; and (2) gray wolves are 20 times more closely related to dogs than they are to coyotes”….Dr. Robert K. Wayne, canid biologist

Our dogs are wolves closest relatives, they can breed and produce puppies. Though dogs have been domesticated for thousands of years they still retain many of their wolf-like qualities and behaviors, which is demonstrated in the video, The Wolf In Your Living Room.  It begs the question why are wolf hunters so disconnected from their feelings that they can love and treat their dogs with kindness. yet kill a wolf puppy, a wolf mother, a wolf family without feeling any remorse?  How deep in denial does one have to be to kill a wild dog? What deep-seated rage motivates someone to torture and kill an innocent animal ? Think about it!

Anti-wolf lies and myths are spread like viruses, specifically that wolves are a  serious danger to humans. While any wild animal can be dangerous, in North America, over the last hundred years, wolves have been accused of just two fatalities, both un-witnessed and controversial, yet our dogs kill approx. 30  people a year in the US and bite millions more.

“It is estimated that two percent of the US population, 4.7 million people, are bitten each year. In the 1980s and 1990s the US averaged 17 fatalities per year, while in the 2000s this has increased to 26. 77% of dog bites are from the pet of family or friends, and 50% of attacks occur on the dog owner’s property.”….Wiki

Each year hunting accidents claim the lives of almost a hundred people in the US and Canada and wound another 1000. Yet many hunters are the very people who spread vicious lies and rumors about wolves. How hypocritical!

“According to the International Hunter Education Association, approximately 1,000 people in the US and Canada are accidentally shot by hunters every year, and just under a hundred of those accidents are fatalities. Most victims are hunters, but non-hunters are also sometimes killed or injured. Although some other forms of recreation cause more fatalities, hunting is one of the few activities that endangers the entire community, and not just the willing participants”…Aboutdotcom

Wolf Wars has been fueled by the same groups who were responsible for the wolves first extermination. They hate without reason. The wolf in your living room is far more dangerous than any wild wolf could ever be, yet we love our dogs and treat them as family. The disconnect between dog and wolf, that allows wolf killers to justify their reprehensible actions,  is nothing short of criminal.

Look how similar wolf and dog puppies are. While it would be a crime to kill a Malamute puppy, wolf pups are killed every year with abandon. We learned that lesson recently in Washington state when the Wedge Pack was slaughtered. Montana, Idaho and Wyoming wolf pups are being killed  RIGHT NOW. What kind of society allows the wanton slaughter of wolves and their families?

Malamute Pup

Wolf Pups

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Video: Courtesy You Tube.

Photos: Wiki

Posted in: Wolf Wars

Tags: Wolves, Dogs, unfounded wolf hatred, dog bites, fatal dog mauling, wolf intolerance, anti-wolf agenda. wolf slaughter

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Tarra and Bella, Best Friends….

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Unfortunately this beautiful story came to a sad end last year when Bella was believed to be killed by coyotes. Tarra actually carried Bella’s body back to the barn they shared together.

Tarra is in mourning for her beloved Bella and has turned to her sister elephants for comfort. Bella even visits the site where Tarra died. How incredible are elephants?

“It is with heavy hearts we honor the passing of Bella the Dog. Eight years ago, the white stray canine wandered into our habitat and befriended The Sanctuary’s founding elephant, Tarra. The inseparable friends were incredible in their devotion to each other and the story of their unique bond has been shared around the world. . . .We love and miss you, Bella, and will continue to take care of your friend Tarra.”

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The End of an Amazing Friendship

Posted by: James Hathaway
Date: 11/02/11
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A tribute page has been set up for Bella. You can leave your remarks about the amazing pair bond between Tarra and Bella. Please support The Elephant Sanctuary, they are doing wonderful work.
 

Your Tribute to Bella

http://www.elephants.com/Bella/bellaTributes.php
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Any glimpse into the life of an animal quickens our own and makes it so much the larger and better in every way.
— John Muir

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Photos: Courtesy The Elephant Sanctuary

Videos: Courtesy YouTube

Posted in: Animals

Tags: Bella and Tarra, Amazing pair bond, sentient animals, elephants, dogs

Published in: on April 25, 2012 at 2:28 am  Comments (10)  
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“Were The First Dogs Wolves Who Never Grew Up?”

Alaskan Malamute

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Video: Courtesy YouTube National Geographic

Photo: Courtesy Wikimedia Commons

Posted in: Biodiversity, gray wolf, dogs

Tags: dogs, wolves, evolution of dogs, wolf research, National Geographic

All Howl And No Bite? The Big Dog Gets A Bum Rap!

The anti-w0lf crowd loves to rant about scary big, bad wolves but in fact it’s not the wolf that bites and kills humans. it’s our best friends and wolves very close relatives,  the dog. Wolves and dogs share 99.8% of their DNA, making them almost indistinguishable on the cellular level.

We love our dogs and forgive them their transgressions.  Not so with wolves.

Fatal Dog Maulings/Dog Bites


DOGS BITE MILLIONS OF PEOPLE EACH YEAR IN THE US (wiki) BETWEEN 2006 AND 2008 THEY KILLED 88 PEOPLE.

“Dog attacks are attacks on humans by feral or domestic dogs. With the close association of dogs and humans in daily life (largely as pets), dog attacks—with injuries from very minor to significant, and severe to fatal—are not uncommon. Attacks on the serious end of the spectrum have become the focus of increasing media and public attention in the late 20th and early 21st centuries.

It is estimated that two percent of the US population, 4.7 million people, are bitten each year. In the 1980s and 1990s the US averaged 17 fatalities per year, while in the 2000s this has increased to 26.

77% of dog bites are from the pet of family or friends, and 50% of attacks occur on the dog owner’s property.

I’m a devoted dog lover with pooches of my own but fair is fair. Wild wolves are shy, they avoid contact with humans and are one of the least dangerous of all large carnivores. They’ve been linked to just TWO HUMAN FATALITIES IN ONE HUNDRED YEARS in North America. Both deaths were controversial, with no eye witnesses. The Canadian case took two years to decide, with investigators vacillating between bears and wolves as the culprits, Many people believe still believe a bear killed the victim and wolves came after.  Finally they settled on wolves. I’m not fully buying it but even if it’s true, two deaths in a century?

More than anything these statistics show the tremendous restraint wolves exhibit toward humans. If any species should despise man, it’s the wolf. They’ve been trapped, shot, hung, fed broken glass poisoned,  set on fire, drug behind horses, stabbed, almost any kind of torture you can imagine.

Yet they live ordered lives in close family groups, they love their babies, defend each other, play together, hunt together and die together. They are dedication personified. These are traits we should revere, not denigrate. If we can forgive man’s best friend for biting and even killing us then how can we judge the wolf, who very rarely ever does the same?

The facts reveal the true nature of wolves and show how twisted and dishonest the rabid anti-wolf movement is. The lies spread about wolves have nothing to do with reality.

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COWS


COWS KILL 20 PEOPLE A YEAR

Dangerous Cows

July 31, 2009, 1:36 pm

By Denise Grady

The image of cows as placid, gentle creatures is a city slicker’s fantasy, judging from an article   published on Friday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which reports that about 20 people a year are killed by cows in the United States. In some cases, the cows actually attack humans—ramming them, knocking them down, goring them, trampling them and kicking them in the  head—resulting in fatal injuries to the head and chest.

Mother cows, like other animals, can be fiercely protective of their young, and dairy bulls, the report notes, are “especially possessive of their herd and occasionally disrupt feeding, cleaning, and milking routines.

CLICK HERE to read the rest of the article

 
 

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Wildlife Vehicle Collisions


WVC  KILL AT LEAST 200 PEOPLE A YEAR AND INJURE 29,000

Wildlife Vehicle Collisions are deadly. Deer and other wildlife dart in front of cars causing fatal accidents. Deer/car accidents are higher during hunting season when deer are even more frantic, running for their lives. The costs can run into billions of dollars.  There are at least 200 human fatalities annually from Wildlife Vehicle Collisions.

Frequent Large Mammal Roadkill Facts

Average deer weight: 125-300 pounds
Average deer shoulder height: 3.5 feet
Average moose weight: males 1200-1600 pounds,
females 900 pounds
Average moose shoulder height: 6.2 feet

Threats to People

There are 1 to 2 million wildlife-vehicle collisions
(WVCs) in the U.S. every year, and the number is
steadily increasing.

Over 200 human fatalities annually
From 2000-2006, wildlife-related crashes in the
United States have claimed 2,307 human lives

WVCs cause 29,000 human injuries annually
Over a billion dollars in property damage/year

While only 2% of deer-car collisions result in
human fatalities, 85% of deer-motorcycle collisions
result in human fatalities

Car-deer crashes in Michigan occur about every
eight minutes

More than 75,000 deer are killed in New York
every year by vehicle collisions

6 percent of accidents in Colorado are with wildlife,
and can be as high as 25 percent in some areas

Deer-vehicle crashes occur most frequently from
October to December

Collisions causing human fatalities rose 67% from
1994 to 2006

CLICK HERE for link to article

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Hunters


HUNTING ACCIDENTS KILL ALMOST 100 PEOPLE ANNUALLY IN THE US AND CANADA

Who is more dangerous to people? Hunters or wolves? If you look at the stats it’s hunter’s hands down. There are approx. 100 fatal hunting accidents in the US and Canada and a 1000 more people are shot accidentally by hunters every year (IHEA)

Many hunters are in lock step with the anti-wolf movement. There is talk of marauding Canadian wolves terrorizing the countryside, stalking children at bus stops, chasing people around in the woods. But lets look at the facts. Hunters kill more people in hunting accidents every year than wolves have in a hundred years. In fact, it’s not even close.

The statistics don’t lie.  If you extrapolate the numbers out just ten years, that’s almost a 1000 people dead from hunting accidents. yet wolves are demonized and lied about. The facts are there for anyone to examine.  Hunting accidents kill and maim.

Click Here for Class A Incidents Reported for 2002 –  2007 – HTML Table

(as of March 30, 2008)

Incident Reports CLICK HERE

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NC: Two NC Boys Killed In Separate Squirrel-Hunting Accidents

Raleigh, NC — A 14-year-old in Brunswick County and an eight-year-old in Raleigh both died Tuesday after accidental shootings.

CLICK HERE to read the rest of the article

Swan Lake tot dies from hunting accident; NYC man charged with manslaughter

By Victor Whitman
Times Herald-Record
Published: 8:22 AM – 11/17/08
SWAN LAKE — A Swan Lake toddler has died and a New York City man has been charged with manslaughter in the hunting accident on a rural Sullivan County road Sunday afternoon.

CLICK HERE to read the rest of the article

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Insect Bites


40 DEATHS ANNUALLY

“In the U.S., about 40 deaths are reported each year from insect venom anaphylaxis (severe allergic reaction). These fatal allergic reactions frequently, but not always, occur in people who have had a previous allergic reaction to the same type of insect.”

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Snake Bites


45,000 BITES PER YEAR/7-12 BITES ARE FATAL (wiki)

“People provoke bites by handling or even attacking snakes in a significant number of cases in the United States.”

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I could go on and on but I think you get the point. Wolves have gotten a very bad rap and we need to set the record straight.  Cows, dogs, snakes, deer and moose are all more dangerous to humans then wolves. Yet who defends the wolf when the lies are told? Most go unchallenged until they become dogma.

Speak the truth about wolves. Help fight their persecution.

This is the hysteria and fear-mongering we must fight against. Arm yourself with facts and defend wolves.

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Wolf-fearing ID lawmakers want emergency declared

– The Associated Press

Published: 04/01/11

http://www.idahostatesman.com/2011/04/01/1589029/wolf-fearing-id-lawmakers-want.html#ixzz1IL9DYqyp

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“A lie can travel halfway around the world while the truth is still putting on its shoes”….Mark Twain


Photos: Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

Posted in: Wolf Wars, wolf myths

Tags: wolf persecution, lies and myths, gray wolf, vehicle wildlife accidents, hunters, dogs, cows, snakes, insects

 

 

 

More Singing Huskies..Kody & Mya

You know I can’t get enough of  singing/talking Huskies. Here are Kody & Mya singing their hearts out to Gwen Stefani’s Sweet Escape. HOWLS!!

1.696,095 hits as of right now. Sweeeeeeeeeeeeeet!!

Posted in: Dogs

Tags: dogs, huskies, huskies remind me of wolves, singing huskies

Wolves Singing Along With Kody and Mya  ♥

Published in: on April 14, 2010 at 12:16 am  Leave a Comment  
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Luke, The Wolf Dog, Comes To “Mission Wolf”

*Husky/Wolf Dog

Every year, thousands of wolf dogs are abandoned by their owners and end up in shelters.  Please be a responsible pet owner.

This is a video of Luke, a wolf dog, rescued by Mission Wolf.  He has had virtually no socialization with humans.  He looks like a wolf/husky cross, a gentle giant.

Think about wolf dogs like Luke and compare him to wolves that are hunted down and killed for no reason other then blood lust.  Do the people that hunt and hurt these animals think they don’t feel pain and agony being shot with high powered rifles?  It breaks my heart to think how they must suffer.

Wolves and wolf dogs  are some of the most sensitive and social of creatures.  It’s a shame some people lack empathy and kill these magnificent animals.

*Wolves never have blue eyes.  Only if there are husky genes in the mix.

Posted in:  wolf dogs, animal rights

Tags:  Luke the wolf dog, dogs, wolves

Published in: on April 2, 2010 at 1:43 am  Comments (33)  
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Tapeworms and Wolves OH MY!!

May 16, 2010

The anti-wolfers are raging with the NEXT big wolf scare issue.

They’ve just made a startling discovery. Are you ready? Some wolves carry tapeworms. OMG what a shock!! Canines carry tapeworms??

I hate to break it to all the haters foaming at the mouth about tapeworms but DOGS carry tapeworms, so do foxes and coyotes.

CANINES carry tapeworms!

There are 72 million dogs in the United States alone and many of them carry tapeworms. At most there are 5500 wolves in the lower forty-eight, if you combine the Northern Rockies and Great Lakes wolf population.

So if wolf haters want to get worried and scared about tapeworms or the big scary Latin word they like to throw around, Echinococcus granulosus, then they better start worrying about the canines they already live with, since they are far more likely to come in contact with dogs then wolves.

Does it ever end with these people? Talk about hysteria. How long have we been living with dogs??

Here’s the spine-chilling details. Better break out your dog worming medications!!

Posted on October 8, 2008 by Maureen Anderson

Echinococcus granulosus is a tapeworm of dogs that causes a condition known as hydatid disease or hydatidosis in humans.  The parasite is found in many parts of the world, and is very common in some regions of southern South America, the Mediterranean, the Middle East, southwestern Asia, northern Africa and Australia.  To the best of our knowledge, E. granulosus does not occur in southern Ontario, but it is present in other parts of Canada including the western provinces and northern Ontario.  A related, but much nastier, tapeworm called Echinococcus multilocularis is much less commonly found in North America. (*which is carried in foxes, coyotes, dogs and cats.)

A previous Worms & Germs post described what is known as the sylvatic cycle of Echinococcus granulosus, which is thought to be a common route of infection for dogs in Canada.  In the sylvatic cycle, dogs become infected with Echinococcus by eating the internal organs (usually lungs and liver) of wild game such as moose and caribou.  The dogs then pass tapeworm eggs in their stool, which can cause infection in other wild animals (thus continuing the cycle) or in people who accidentally swallow the eggs.  In humans, Echinococcus forms slow-growing cysts (called hydatid cysts) in different organs of the body which can be very difficult to remove or treat in some cases.

Echinococcus also has a pastoral or domestic cycle.  In this cycle, dogs acquire the parasite by eating the internal organs of infected sheep, and sometimes other livestock such as cattle and swine.  This cycle is potentially very important in areas where there is a lot of sheep farming.  In some areas of Latin America, 20-95% of sheep at slaughter may have evidence of hydatid cysts in their organs.

It is much more difficult to tell when a dog is infected with Echinococcus compared to other tapeworms such as Taenia or Dipylidium.  An adult Echinococcus is tiny – only a few milimetres long (see picture right), very unlike the long, stringy white tapeworms that most people picture.  Dogs can carry hundreds, even thousands of these tiny tapeworms without showing any signs of illness at all.  The eggs can sometimes be difficult to detect on fecal examinations, and when they are seen they cannot be differentiated from Taenia eggs.  Nonetheless, this is still the best way to detect infection, so fecal examinations should be performed regularly.

Remember:

  • In areas where Echinococcus is known to exist, it’s important to have your veterinarian perform fecal examinations on your dog’s stool more frequently than the usual once-a-year, because of the serious zoonotic potential of this parasite.
  • Always wash your hands well after handling dog stools.
  • Do not let your dog eat uncooked meat, or the organs from farm animals or wild game.

http://www.wormsandgermsblog.com/2008/10/articles/animals/dogs/more-about-echinococcus-tapeworms-in-dogs/

*italics mine

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Dog Photos: Courtesy Wikimedia Commons

Posted in: Wolf Wars, wolf intolerance, Dogs

Tags: deworming, dogs, tapeworm, wolf hysteria, wolf persecution

Published in: on March 16, 2010 at 12:52 pm  Comments (21)  
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