Comments for: A lone wolf heralds the return of a mythic predator

Posted Dec. 26, 2011, at 9:17 p.m.

LOS ANGELES — A GPS collar plots the journey of the lone gray wolf — loping over mountains, through forests and across highways. The young male left his pack in northeastern Oregon in early September, setting out to find a mate and territory of his own. By the end of …

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  • Anonymous

    Good place for them, keep them out West.

  • Wolf Gray

    With all due respect to the misinformed rancher:
    A wolf kill is a clean kill.  They are primary predators, meaning that they are designed to kill quickly and efficiently.  Primary methods include: crushing the throat or destroying the spine.  While wolves do cripple their prey, this is often only to make it easier to kill the animal.

    On the other hand, a coyote kill is anything but clean.  Coyotes are secondary predators, their primary function is Scavenger (meaning they come in behind the wolves to clean up the carcass).  Coyotes generally will not finish killing a prey animal before they begin to consume it.

  • Anonymous

    ‘Legendary’ predator, maybe. Quite a few ranchers would be happier if they were “mythic.”

    Ah, well, it’s the BDN….

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