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“Giant killing machines” fact or fiction?

Posted by mckaylasfall11 on May 30, 2012

My interest in the “Giant Canadian Gray Wolves” started when I saw the movie “The Grey” and pointed out to a family member that the wolves in the movie had looked rather large. I’ve seen plenty of wolves up close, and they all seemed awfully small, like a medium-sized dog. A family member told me about an article she had read about Giant Canadian Gray Wolves in and around Idaho. So I decided to check it out for myself.

The article I read told me that Canadian Gray Wolves were introduced in Idaho and the Yellowstone area of Wyoming in 1995. Since then,the wolves have multiplied and supposedly evolved into a larger, meaner sub species of wolf. It has been said that these wolves travel in huge packs of up to twenty wolves. Each wolf can weigh up to 180 pounds. It’s been estimated that 2000 of these wolves are in the region and are constantly breeding. Idaho State Representative Phil Hart added, “For every one animal they kill to eat, these Canadian wolves kill about three more just for the fun of it. The
biologists call it ‘sport-reflex killing’ or ‘lustful killing’. The Canadian Gray Wolf is a killing machine.” The article went on to say that these predators will attack and eat humans.

Wolf photo: approx. 197-230 pounds?

Another articleby Don Harkins includes information from Ron Gillett of the Idaho Anti-Wolf Coalition. Gillett says that wolves will wait for a deer, elk, or moose cow to give birth, and then kill the cow and the newborn calf. The wolves will then either eat them or leave to find another kill. He also says how the wolves are fearless when hunting in packs and will dig up hibernating bears and kill them. They have also been heard to attack healthy, mature grizzly bears and adult male
moose. Rex Rammell, who is running for governor, says, “As governor, I will use every legal means to remove the wolves. It is not in the best interest of our native wildlife, the true gems of Idaho, to maintain any number of the most
effective killing machines God ever created.”

Upon researching more, though, I found a source that denied the allegations of any “giant” wolves. One article talks about how the photo above is a hoax. State officials and spokesman for Idaho Wildlife Services, Todd Grimm, say the photo has been tagged to a number of locations, not just Sun Valley, where it “originated”.  Wildlife officials say the
picture was most likely taken in Canada. The weight of the wolf has been estimated anywhere from 197 pounds to 230 pounds, which is far larger than the Idaho Department of Fish and Game’s figure for the average weight of an Idaho
wolf- 120 pounds. Grimm points out, though, that wolves always look bigger when hanging in that position and alongside a hunter. The wolf is most likely not larger than 135 pounds, which doesn’t break any weight record.

One of record breaking wolves:  182 pounds, 7’11”

Another source counters the attributes of this “killing machine”. There have only been a total of two deaths from healthy wild wolves in North America since before 1900. Also, wolves often harvest more food than they can eat in one sitting, like humans do. Scientists call this “surplus killing”, which means if the wolves do not finish a meal, they tend to come
back to the carcass. In the meantime, the carcass feeds other scavengers. No wolves have been recorded as just leaving a carcass carelessly or hunting for the fun of it.

 Are wolves really evolving into monstrous killing machines?

Have they become fearless of humans, attacking them whenever the opportunity
arises?

Or are anti-wolf coalitions trying harder and harder to kill of the
wolf species?

6 Responses to ““Giant killing machines” fact or fiction?”

  1.   nicholaspr2012 Says:

    Idaho and Montana are definitely home to wolves, but now it’s true they are home to Giant grey wolves. These wolves are very large in size and travel in large packs. This is a deadly combination! They easily can kill a deer, so it’s not out of hand to say they can be harmful to humans. In Idaho for sure they have set up a sort of season for these wolves, they have tags you can get to hunt them! As they are they can weigh up to 180lbs! Unlike the small wolves of this area they are more deadly! So in to all the people that don’t believe they are there… they are, and it’s becoming an epidemic!
    http://current.com/community/93160343_giant-wolf-epidemic-huge-packs-of-giant-canadian-gray-wolves-are-terrifying-idaho-residents.htm

  2.   Jacob T Says:

    Wolves were once common throughout all of North America but were killed in most areas of the United States by the mid-1930s. Today their range has been reduced to Canada and parts of Yellowstone and Alaska. The majority of them are located in Northern Canada.There are an estimated 7,000 to 11,200 wolves in Alaska and more than 5,000 in the lower 48 states. Around the world there are an estimated 200,000 in 57 countries, compared to up to 2 million in earlier times. The Canadian Gray Wolf also eats Caribou and smaller prey such as rabbits and squirrels. http://www.defenders.org/gray-wolf/basic-facts

  3.   Christian R Says:

    This blog talks about the governor of Idaho wanting to get rid of the wolves. This could be a problem if we get rid of all of them. According to the article of” Wolf Depredation Trends” by Musiani,M when wolf population dip it can allow other animals like elk to become over populated. The elk can than eat all of the deciduous plant causing loss of food for other animals. We have reason to believe that they are not a very big problem in the territory. Based on the article “Of Earth Justice”, there have only been two human reported deaths due to the Wolf. People look at wolves as vicious killing machines but fail to look at how greatly they impact the ecosystem.
    http://www.canadianwolfcoalition.com/node/3

  4.   Morgen P Says:

    Back in 1995, in the U.S. the fish and wildlife service introduced about 35 Canadian gray wolves into central Idaho and the Yellowstone Park in Wyoming. Since then these gray wolves have multiplied and are now roaming the us in huge packs. I think that we should get a place where they can just be with their kind and not with another kind and have people bring them food. They can bring the food form helicopters and have them place food all over the park. Since they are multiplying then we will have a couple around the U.S. and Canada. So that they will have a lot of room to roam and have not having some people hurt them. http://current.com/community/93160343_giant-wolf-epidemic-huge-packs-of-giant-canadian-gray-wolves-are-terrifying-idaho-residents.htm

  5.   Morgen P Says:

    Back in 1995, in the U.S. the fish and wildlife service introduced at about 35 Canadian Gray Wolves into central Idaho and the Yellowstone Park in Wyoming. Since then these gray wolves have multiplied and are now roaming the us in huge packs. I think that we should get a place where they can just be with their kind and not with another kind and have people bring them food. They can bring the food form helicopters and have them place food all over the park. Since they are multiplying then we will have a couple around the U.S. and Canada. So that they will have a lot of room to roam and have not having some people hurt them. http://current.com/community/93160343_giant-wolf-epidemic-huge-packs-of-giant-canadian-gray-wolves-are-terrifying-idaho-residents.htm

  6.   harley Says:

    Back in 1995, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service introduced 35 Canadian gray wolves into central Idaho and the Yellowstone area of Wyoming. Since then these gray wolves have multiplied and are now roaming in huge packs. As you can see from the picture, these Canadian gray wolves grow to enormous size. Unlike the smaller wolves that are native to the area, these giant wolves travel in huge packs. They have been ravaging farm animals all over the region and they have been attacking humans with increasing frequency. so it is a fact http://unexplainedmysteriesoftheworld.com/archives/giant-wolf-epidemic-huge-packs-of-giant-canadian-gray-wolves-are-terrifying-idaho-residents

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