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Wolf Ecology

by Credo (writer), I practice living in the Spirit, December 23, 2007


We may be saving the planet by saving wild life..........

Nature has amply provided for all of its wild life giving to them the call to practice the reflexes and instincts which is inherent in them for survival sake, a trait I have found fascinating in the life of a wolf. It only grieves me to discover that there are some species of wolf (the Ethiopian wolf) that are in danger of extinction, and if they should perish the eco-nature of this world will once again change for the worst. Perhaps it is because each member of earthly living creatures represents a portion of stability of our environmental natural order, with this knowledge we understand that the loss of the wolf could have a profound effect on nature, a consequence we may not recognize for a long time after the wolf has been extinct.

“The Ethiopian Wolf is the Most Endangered Canid in the World.

DNA analysis suggests that the Ethiopian wolf is descended from
grey wolves that crossed into Africa from Western Europe at the
end of the last Ice Age, about 12,000 years ago. When the ice
melted, the wolves were isolated in the Afro-alpine mountains.

Currently, there around 470 Ethiopian Wolves that inhabit a relatively small geographic region in Ethiopia.
Of the 470, only a small percentage will reproduce and successfully raise pups to adulthood.

With genetic diversity as limited as it already is, it is imperative that the loss of breeding adults and their young be limited in every way possible.”

The Environmental Science

Wolves are impulsively predatory animals who hunt to survive, it is also apart of their nature to be as they are, hunters instinctively. Currently we find many wolves who are adopted by people who try to domesticate them as you would a dog or a cat. For the most part this arrangement seems to work out as the wolf performs its domestic responsibilities with no indication of ever returning to its primitive nature. Unfortunately it is not widely understood that wolves will sometimes revert back to their nature as soon as a new member is introduced into the family, like a new born baby. Great care most be taken to ensure the safety of the baby as the wolf’s nature calls him to view the baby as prey instead of seeing the baby as a new member of his adopted family. Many owners who are wise enough to recognize these issues have sold or given their prized pet to a sanctuary for wild life, and in doing so have protected their child while preserving the life of the wolf.

The difference between domestic life and the wild life sanctuary is that now his wild instincts can show through without placing anyone, including himself, in danger.

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By Rose Mountain on December 31, 2007 at 02:26 am
Credo thanks for your article on wolves. I'd never heard of the Ethiopian Wolf. I love wolves because of their awareness and overall beauty. I had a wildlife teacher that ran a project for returning wolves to the wild. I also had a mate that had a wonderfully loving dog that was half wolf. He was one of the most protective, aware, and gentle dogs I've ever known. One time scaling a rocky hill he came up to balance me so I could make it over the cliff. Absolutely amazing.
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By Credo on May 06, 2011 at 11:39 pm

Thank you


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