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A few facts about wolves . . .

Today the wolf is starting to come back from near extinction, but as its population increases, so does the conflicts with humans.

There is a great emotional debate about wolf control. Some want the wolf destroyed, while others think wolves should never be killed, the answer may be somewhere in the middle of these positions.

Ranchers and farmers worry that wolves will eat their livestock — cows, sheep, and pigs. Today in the areas where farmers and ranchers come into conflict with wolves, there is some killing of problem wolves by the federal government.

Today there is a strong anti-wolf lobby; there are judges and political leaders feeling pressure to side with this lobby.

According to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, “wolf predation of live-stock; sheep, poultry, and cattle does occur, but it is uncommon enough behavior in the species as a whole to be called aberrant.”

Ranchers and farmers must come to an agreement with wolf conservationist to save these beautiful family oriented creatures. The days of wolf bounty hunting in the United States and Canada is still on going, aerial shooting is happening in Alaska, for one example. But for the most part protected from unrestricted hunting, but in others countries such as Russia, and parts of Eastern Europe wolf bounties are still paid. Man is the force behind the lost habitat that forced these animals to come into conflict with us and with less game to hunt wolves look for other food such as domestic sheep and cattle.

My passion, when drawing and painting these creatures, is to capture their beauty and hope the song of the wolf will always be heard on the wind.