* “Grandma, why do you have such a big eyes?” Little Red Riding Hood asked. “So that I can see you better.” The wolf answered. * “Grandma, why do you have such a big mouth?” she asked. “So that I can eat you better…” * We’ve all read this famous French folktale about a young girl dressed in red and the big bad wolf who disguised as the girl’s grandmother so he could eat her. * The story was first published by Charles Perrault in Histoires ou contes du temps passé in 1967. * But what do we really know about this so called fearsome species. * Is our concept of wolves true?
* Do they really kill humans?
* Today I would like to inform you about the gray wolves physical description, their behavior and their relationship with humans. (Transition: Let’s start with its relationship with humans and their diet.)
I. The Canis lupus especies divides into 37 sub species.
A. One of these subspecies is the gray wolf, Canis lupus baileyi. B. Though they are not dangerous for humans, wolves are considered natural villains. 1. They do attack domestic animals, but they almost never attack humans. a) Their diet includes medium to large size mammals like deer, elk, caribou, American bison and bighorn sheep. b) Also smaller animals like foxes, weasels, rabbits and marmots. 2. Those attacks to children or women were rare but occasional in Europe and Asia before the 20th century.
(Transition: Now that you know something about wolves, let’s look at what we have done to them.)
I. Once upon a time gray wolves populated large portions of North America, Europe, North Africa and Asia, but were...