Having read the growing number of comments on our blog about wolves,  I get a feeling that increasingly people in Europe love wolves. So that started me thinking and to do some research about peoples attitudes and feelings about wolves.  Most of information came from North America, but interesting, also from Europe. My conclusion is that wolves are not considered a bloodthirsty, cruel animal anymore but are considered an important part of a healthy ecosystems and our natural heritage.

Mapping of wolf by European Wilderness Society

Mapping of wolf by European Wilderness Society

Here are several examples that are worth reading:

  1. Environmental event “Wolves talk” in Lithuania capital Vilnius.
    In Lithuania capital Vilnius an environmental event “Wolves talk” takes place. In the on-going public event  30 life-size mock-ups crowd on the main squares to pass their messages to people. In such unexpected way, organizer of the event NGO “Baltijos vilkas” (Baltic wolf) aims to increase people’s knowledge about the wolf, reduce the polarization resulting from lack of understanding. And, most importantly, encourage to solve problems in a peaceful and sustainable way, turning conflicts into coexistence.
  2. How people answered question: Why do we like wolves so much?
    • People’s fixation with wolves is centered around the fact that they are among the only living animals that are truly “wild”.
    • In many ways the social structure of a wolf pack is similar to that of humans. Wolves are naturally social (preferring to live in packs), but occasionally live alone or in pairs.
    • Wolves amazed me, too, ever since; sharp, slanting eyes, keen smell, graceful movements, long poignant howls on a full moon, hunting packs, gorgeous lovers
    • Wolves amazed me, too, ever since; sharp, slanting eyes, keen smell, graceful movements, long poignant howls on a full moon, hunting packs, gorgeous lovers, etc. Find out more details here https://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20100423033235AAleKyy
  3. Top Reasons to Love Wolves based upon the results of voting organized by the Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks In celebration of the fact that the topic of wolf conservation will soon be brought to a larger stage. Voting focused on why do we love wolves – and why knowledge of their conservation is important. Here is short selection:
    • Humans are not on their menu.
    • Wolves are a lot like us.
    • We owe them.
    • Wolves are a keystone species
    • Wolves are good for the economy
    • Wolves connect us to our primal selves, etc.

More can be read here:  http://wilderness-society.org/wolf-tourism-is-more-profitable-than-hunting/ and http://wilderness-society.org/a-good-wolf-is-a-shy-wolf/

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Vlado Vancura is the Deputy Chairman and Director of wilderness of the European Wilderness Society and is based in Liptovsky Hradok, Slovakia.

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