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Let’s Ditch the ‘Big, Bad Wolf’ Cliché

posted Jun 24, 2016, 9:30 PM by chloe owens

4/29/16, by Wayne Pacelle, The Daily Beast

Let’s Ditch the ‘Big, Bad Wolf’ Cliché

Wolves and their canine descendants are among our oldest animal partners, and yet we continue to hunt and kill them out of irrational fears that blind us to their many benefits. Taking an even longer view of the human-wolf relationship, let’s remember that this species came to us in friendship perhaps more than 30,000 years ago, according to an emerging consensus among paleontologists. Pre-agricultural people and wolves may have viewed each other warily at first, but eventually an instinctive fear turned into acceptance and then later into companionship. Of the 20 or so wild animals that humans have successfully domesticated through the ages, wolves were first, by 30,000 years or more – and the wolf is the only large predator ever successfully domesticated.