Lupine lu­nacy

It's time to bust some myths about these elu­sive preda­tors

World of Animals - - Nature Diaries: The Big Bad Wolf And I -

Wolves hunt hu­mans

In the last cen­tury wolves have killed two peo­ple in North Amer­ica. In con­trast, 30 peo­ple are killed by do­mes­tic dogs every year in the US.

They dev­as­tate live­stock

While wolves do oc­ca­sion­ally at­tack farm­ers' an­i­mals, in the US they kill around one cow out of every 45,000 and one sheep for around every 7,000.

They will wipe out prey species

There are con­cerns wolves will pre­date species into ex­tinc­tion. This is de­spite wolves hav­ing never done so in the 60

mil­lion years since they first evolved.

Culling them aids con­ser­va­tion

In fact, stud­ies show that when au­thor­i­ties le­galise culling, poach­ers are en­cour­aged to dis­re­gard other leg­is­la­tion and will in­crease their ac­tiv­ity.

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