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Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Wolves

This photo of the alpha male at the Wildlife Science Center was one of the first pictures I ever took with a digital SLR. Looking back I had no idea of what setting to use, but I somehow got this one to turn out and still is one of my favorite photos.



This next image was taken just over a year at the Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center in West Yellowstone, MT.



Although wolves have made a solid come back over the years. Wolves are still being persecuted as a menace and danger to humans. Recently, just before our last trip up north to the bog was put into jeopardy because of a over zealous farmer who complained to the DNR saying the deer rib cages at the bird feeder stations were attracting wolves to the area. Fortunately for us the DNR realized that wolves are in that area regardless. Wolves play a vital role in the wild preying on the sick, old and weak. By removing the weaker prey animals keeps deer, moose, caribou populations healthy.

In the 19th and 20th centuries humans almost wipe wolves off the face of the earth. Good thing wolves can thrive in hostel evironments otherwise I wouldn't get to photograph my favorite animal.

Off soap box.......... for now.