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Gray Wolves in the Wild: Photos and Facts About Pack Behavior, Howling and Family Life : The Humane Society of the United States

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Fairy tales have not been kind to the wolf.

The stories that most of us were tucked in with at night portray the shy, highly intelligent creatures as sinister. But in reality, wolves don’t stalk little girls with picnic baskets; they’re not interested in blowing down your house.

No, the only menace in these woods walks on two legs.

Hunted to the brink of extinction, gray wolves fell under government protection in the late 1960s. Now, just as their numbers are beginning to recover, they’re once again caught in the crosshairs. They were stripped of their endangered species status in the Great Lakes states and the Northern Rockies in 2011 and 2012. Almost immediately, six states established hunts.

During Michigan’s first hunt last year, 22 wolves were killed. The state’s voters are expected to decide in November whether to let it continue, unless Michigan legislators pass it through on…

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