Re: Why do so many people hate on wolves?
Long before Whiteman came into the area, Native Alaskans had a way of dealing with Wolf overpopulation near their hunting areas. They took pieces of willow and sharpened both ends. Then they bent the willow into a circle, and tied it that way. They took a container of hot grease and placed the willow twig in it, then set it outside to freeze. Once frozen they cut the string holding it in a circle. Later they scattered those grease balls out near a Moose Kill. The Wolves would grab the grease balls and swallow them whole. Later when the body warmth melted the grease the twigs straightened out piercing the stomach or the gut, and getting lodged. Yes a slow death for the Wolf, but the indiginous people at the time had no concept of that. The most important thing for them was reducing the number of Wolves in their hunting area. Feeding their families came first.
One good friend of mine that traps will throw chopped up cubes of meat all around his wolf sets. Very effective method. He gets this meat from the animals he traps. Fox, Coyote, Lynx, Marten, Beaver, and Wolves.
Wolves eat their own also. I shot a Wolf one evening on a ridge above our Hunting camp. Too late to try and get there that evening. Too many Grizzlies, and large packs of Wolves, in the area. That night we heard Wolves howling all around us. Next morning I walked up the ridge. The only thing left of the Wolf I had shot was a few pieces of bone, some fur, and bits of hide. Want to bring a Wolf into your camp here in Alaska? Try howling like a Coyote. I've had them run up to within 35 yards of our shooting benches in camp.
After we all have our Caribou, and all the meat is loaded, ready to go out in the morning, we decide to have some fun. Late in the evening we set our long range rifles up and start calling Coyotes. Coyotes will come out on the slope across the valley. We take 500 to 1000 yard shots. We knock down some leaving them where they fall because it's too dark to after them. Next morning we look and all the Coyotes will be gone. We go over to investigate and find Wolf tracks all around each location. In most cases the Coyote would be hauled away whole.
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