The other day, my kind-of father in law (I say kind of because I had a child with his son but we were never married) sent me an email with a story about giant wolves being hunted in Idaho. Apparently, there is a population of rather enormous wolves in Idaho and each year, a certain amount of ‘tags’ are awarded for people to hunt them to keep the population under control.
Because they’re huge, and dangerous…and hunt in packs of about 20 and “kill for fun” as one website claims.
It appears that the wolves aren’t just your run-of-the-mill wolves, they are a very large breed of Canadian grey wolf that can weigh upwards of 180 lbs…
So what are they doing in Idaho? Well, funny you should ask, because I asked myself the same question. Back in 1995, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service introduced 35 Canadian grey wolves into central Idaho and the Yellowstone area of Wyoming as an experimental introduction, because the Idaho Timberwolf was down to about 80.
Now they’ve multiplied and roam in large packs of about 20 around the rural areas of Idaho, western Montana and western Wyoming…killing livestock, pets and possibly small children. (yes, I am rolling my eyes)
Are you looking for more fun animal-related content? My father in law sends me the most random and entertaining email forwards. Sometimes they are so entertaining that I have to share them, like this post I wrote about Why You Don’t Kill Black Snakes!
Now, I am sort of leery about anything that comes through as a forward email…so off to Google I went. I found about a dozen articles on websites talking about these giant killer wolves, none of which were on reputable websites. About half of them had comments ranging from the good ole boy’s typical reaction to anything involving hunting like “Git-r-done” to the “this is obviously photoshopped” and I am sitting here wondering…
With all of the information across the Internet in today’s day, why can’t I find one single legitimate article about these supposed killer wolves?