|Quoting MD11Engineer (Reply 6):|
I have seen wolves in zoos, but never as big as in the pictures above. Usually they are about the size of a big German shepherd dog, and not as big as a small pony. Are you sure that the pictures have not been photoshopped?
Btw, since a few years we have wild wolves in Germany again. Since the Iron curtain fell (which with it´s barbed wire fences and mine fields was also an obstacle to animal migration), several packs of wolves have migrated into the state of Brandenburg, where they are a protected species. No issues with them so far. Should they kill livestock, the farmer will get compensated.
As for these pictures, I'm not sure of anything! As someone who is relatively familiar with photo editing and "post processing", I think many people "assume" a lot more is possible than is actually the case with "Photoshop"; yes, one can do many things with editing software, but I'm very skeptical if it's possible to make "ordinary" wolves look three times as big as wolves are known to get; so here we are with pictures of seemingly GIANT wolves ! I'm hoping someone can offer some first hand knowledge about how this is possible.
Jan; I agree completely! I had never heard of a wolf getting that big; but when you see 3 or 4 pictures of people holding them up.......they sure looked "real" to me! BTW; there is a fenced in, "wolf sanctuary" in my state of Indiana, about 100 miles or less from where we live. I'm hoping to go there sometime to do some photography. I have a friend who has photographed the wolves there, then makes large prints of them and sells them at our Covered Bridge Festival every year; just as you say, they all appear to be about the size of a large German Shepard.
I can say this though, from my personal observation; for many, many years, coyotes were always a "western species"; most of the western states have lots of cattle ranchers, and the ranchers HATE coyotes; so they have shot them, trapped them with "leg hold" traps, and poisoned them, in order to get rid of them; I don't know how successful their efforts have been on reducing the coyote population "out west", but apparently the coyotes are pretty smart, because now they seem to have all "migrated" to the east; we have a HUGE coyote population here in Indiana now, and from the ones that I have seen in the past few years, they seem to be getting bigger every year ! I'm sure that they must have an easier time finding prey animals, as there are domestic dogs and cats all over the place; thanks mainly to all of the irresponsible pet owners who insist on allowing their dogs and cats "run free", and are too cheap (and irresponsible) to have them "fixed".
We could probably benefit from having a few wolves around here, as our deer population just keeps growing every year, as does the number of collisions with cars, (which in turn, drives our car insurance rates up.) For the first few years after I came to Indiana, I was all in favor of "culling" the deer, by expanding the hunting season on them; now I'm very glad we have so many deer, because our much WORSE problem is irresponsible car drivers who insist on speeding every place they go; so now, almost every one who speeds a lot, has collisions with deer a lot, and I'm hoping maybe they will learn to slow down, but I think it's wishful thinking on my part. It seems like we now have more deer AND
more speeder every year. ( Perhaps an "open season" on "speeders" might help ?
|Quoting connies4ever (Reply 7):|
The 'sport killing' as you refer to, is generally:
a) teaching pups how to hunt and kill, not necessarily for food, or
b) late winter kills of very weak prey (most deer/elk mortality occurs late March/early April in these parts). In such cases, a lone wolf can bring down an elk, as it is too weak to resist.
Overall, wolf presence is a good thing, as Martha Stewart would say.
Overall, I think everything you say is right; (if only you hadn't brought Martha into it !) Martha, in REAL life, is not "warm and fuzzy" as she appears to be on TV
! She's mean, vindictive, cheap, and treats people "under" her as if they were "excrement". I am very skeptical about th assertion that wolves routinely kill three times as many animals as they eat !
I only posted those photos because the wolves were so much bigger than any I had ever seen; I thought maybe something in their Idaho diet was making them get bigger.
Stupidity: Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result; Albert Einstein