The Myth of the Big Bad Wolf
Whether they’re after three little pigs or Little Red Riding Hood, wolves have gotten a bad rap and it’s time we set the record straight!
Bad wolf? Me?!
The Canis lupus, commonly known as the gray wolf, was once found all over the Northern Hemisphere. Though rarely a threat to humans, wolves became vilified in folklore and humans began hunting them. In fact, gray wolves in the contiguous United States were hunted to near extinction. Efforts to reintroduce the species have been successful, but few of these survived in Europe. Now, these canines can mostly be found in remote areas of North America and Eurasia.
Wolves are keystone predators who help keep their habitats in check. They help keep deer and elk from overpopulating and the carcasses of their prey help redistribute nutrients and provide food for other wildlife species.
Unfortunately, many ranchers in the U.S don’t follow proper predator management protocols and shoot wolves who may threaten their livestock. Wolves need to coexist with livestock on farms and ranches to maintain a healthy ecosystem.
Greatergood.org partners with The Wildlife Friendly Enterprise Network to provide education and best practice models to farmers and ranchers.
You can help squash the Big Bad Wolf Myth by sharing positive and accurate information about wolves or donating to organizations like ours. Just $1 helps us improve wolves’ ability to remain on the landscape and provide an incentive for farms that do the right thing.