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Wolves as Pets

Any chance of adding a section on keeping wolves as pets? Stuff like where it is and isn't legal (and how many people get around those laws by having their wolves "re-classified" as something else - I know a wolf who's officially listed as an Alsatian Husky), how they differ from dogs in terms of care needs, etc. I know at least two people who have pet wolves. Very friendly animals, gentler than many dogs I've met, and certainly smarter. --Lurlock 23:48, 26 August 2006 (UTC)

I myself would love to have a pet wolf, but in having a tame wolf, wouldn't it essentially become a new breed of dog. In my personal opinion, a wolf is beautiful and magestic because it is untamed and in the wild. Having one sitting on command or rolling over is a mockery of all that wolves are. The wolves that those people have aren't true wolves anymore. They are but a sad shadow of their ancestors, and a cheap rip off of the real creature.

Wolves are known for shamanic prophisies. Shamans usse the semble of the wolf to help find their way through difficult places.They represent nobility, wisdom, and cunning.

Once again, this is just my opinion, and only that. I'm sure the people you know that have wolves would think differently and you probably do too, Lurlock. Solon Olrek 18:24, 26 September 2006 (UTC)

Lurlock, are you sure those "pet wolves" aren't really wolfdogs? As I recall you simply cannot capture a wild wolf and turn it into a pet. I'm not so sure you can even raise an orphaned wolf cub to be a pet, but I could be wrong on that. I don't think it's possible to keep wolves as pets in the traditional sense of a pet.--Caliga10 19:03, 26 September 2006 (UTC)

--- +++ Let me add something here. Im living in Hungary, and I know at least 2 dog breeders from Slovakia, who actually do breed Eurasian Gray Wolves, under the false name of Checzhoslovakian Wolfdog. I know this hybrid do exist, but looks totally different from a real wolf, made from the german sheperd, and a wolf, so they more bully like, and, in fact, they have a wide chest... And the strongest characteristic of the Eurasian Gray Wolf, is their very thin forechest, and long legs. And their eyes... You can't misplace a wolf when you look into his eyes. So, this breeders do breed Eurasian (here they call them Carpatian) Gray Wolves. However, they grew up in domestic environment, together with rottweilers, and other strong dogs, that this breeder also breeds in the kennel.

(As he told me for the first glimp also:) The breeder sells the cubs, under the false name, but all buyers know that they are wolves. This is a known little gate to keep wolves legally. Lots of hunters, and farmers do it in the former Chechoslovakia. They keep them in farms, near the forest, or in rarely populated villages. They are very territorial, and in a pair they can work together really well to sign, and hunt down anything that come too close to their home. Also they attract wild animals ten times more with their smell, and territorial marks, like any wolfdogs, or dogs do. No wolf, dog, or bear came close to a farm, where wolves, and humans live together. Thats somewhat too mutch.

How to keep them: - The breeder used to say, that the most practical thing is to keep at least two of them, and not more. A female, and a male. They became very less aggressive, if they can rest on each other, touch, communicate. He says, if the keeper is strong willed, and always behaves as an alpha, the wolves, who grew up there,just obey him simply. Following him, wherever he goes, never growl, or attack him. The cage, or chain only needed, when they transfer them, and if the pair can be together ALL the time, they quicly adapt to it.

The only problematic thing is: they always hunt. You cant "walk" them, only on a chain, because they like to overdominate other canine who they met, or randomly go after some cat, etc... If they have at least a somewhat big garden, and a good family as "pack", and enough play, and a lifemate, they can be a good member of a family. Thats all I know from this breeder, and from the few others I personally became to know, who keep wolves. (Thus, all in farms, or in villages...) For the end: I was together with a biologist friend of mine, when we first met the wolves and one of the breeders. The pair were in a cage, peacefully resting on eachother, in the middle of a dog fair. ALL the surrounding dogs barked on them, without pause, but all of them did keep at least 20 meter distance. My biologist friend recognised them as Carpatian Wolves. And he have two ordinary Chechoslovakian Wolfdogs at home. - Gereth 2007.Jan.30. 00:30, 30 January 2007 (UTC)

Surely, since dogs and wolves are both the same spices, canis lupus, dogs being a sub speices of the wolf, canis lupus familiaris, wolves must be legal wherever dogs are?—Preceding unsigned comment added by (talkcontribs) 18:26, June 15, 2007

Dogs are a different sub-species, canis lupus familiaris. And no, laws vary from community to community. Even if there is not a law explicitly outlawing the ownership of wolves, there's usually a law regarding "exotic pets," which wolves qualify for as a wild and Endangered species. -- Kesh 18:38, 15 June 2007 (UTC)

Animals that prey on humans category

The source[1] that was added to support this category doesn't strike me as too convincing. It pretty much only consists of quotes from locals that say "We are sure they were killed by wolves" and "Fellow villager Rab Nawaz said they had probably got lost in the snow and were attacked by wolves" (emphasis mine). To me, this sounds more like heresay than actual facts. As the category itself states that "All of the species listed below are known to have attacked and killed humans on multiple occasions", maybe we should remove the category until we find better sources? --Conti| 14:49, 27 September 2006 (UTC)

Done. I'm also nominating the category for deletion. - UtherSRG (talk) 15:04, 27 September 2006 (UTC)
I had previously added the category to this article and someone had deleted it, so I was careful to locate a source before adding it again. I realize the source I listed might be unreliable, but as the article already implies, wolves have been feared as man-eaters since time immemorial. I would guess that this is a case of "where there's smoke, there's fire" and assume occasional predation on humans has occurred (also, see Beast of Gevaudan). The point is certainly not to malign wolves, but to fill out that category and make it comprehensive (with the possible exception of the crocodilians none of the species listed there *frequently* prey on humans). Certainly I'm willing to remove the cat if there is consensus that wolves have never preyed on humans.--Caliga10 15:07, 27 September 2006 (UTC)
I don't think that anyone disputes that wolves are accused of killing and eating humans for centuries now, but there is quite a big difference between being accused of doing something and actually doing something. And as long as we don't have a really good source on this, I don't think we should include the category (if it survives CfD). --Conti| 19:52, 27 September 2006 (UTC)
My personal opinion is that the cat should stay if it can be switched to being known as an opinion by the accusers, not cold, hard facts.Solon Olrek 18:11, 18 October 2006 (UTC)
That category has been deleted in due process. - UtherSRG (talk) 19:27, 18 October 2006 (UTC)


95% of the reintroduction section now deals with USA. The spin-off article wolf reintroduction is much more geographically balanced. Fornadan (t) 23:38, 10 November 2006 (UTC)

Reintroduction allegations

I have removed the following text:

  • and Scandinavia (where an inexplicable, isolated population has established itself over the past few decades).

In Sweden, attitudes are hostile towards wolves and the 130 or so wolves are persecuted with poaching and poisoned meat. One of the interesting allegations against wolves that you can find is that they are "reintroduced by a government agency", whereas Swedish biologists maintain that they have found their way into Sweden on their own from Finland. I don't think such rumours belong to Wikipedia.--Berig 13:50, 18 December 2006 (UTC)

Wolves will do so...

There are too many instances of "will", as if the article were describing the future. Please use present tense, unless you want to describe something after a specified time. Brainmuncher 03:17, 3 March 2007 (UTC)

Turks and Gray Wolves

Gray Wolves are symbols of Turks. Anyone knows anything about that subject? —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talkcontribs)

Introduced Wolves

Is there any authoritative information on the size of wolves introduced in the US relative to the size of wolves that historically existed in those areas?--Counsel 23:20, 12 March 2007 (UTC)


Is it just me or do the recently added illustrations add nothing to the article? Nashville Monkey 01:11, 26 March 2007 (UTC)

According to the image blurbs They are by Adolph Murie, and there is a little bit of information about the artist in Attitudes toward wolves#Changing attitudes. Whatever aspects the illustrations are intended to convey about the animals' behavior, they are very small, and I don't think serve the artist's intent or the article very well. My humble opinion. Gosgood 01:32, 26 March 2007 (UTC)
Update: Discussion closed; illustrations from Flavio.brandani retired by UtherSRG — thanks. Gosgood 12:30, 26 March 2007 (UTC)

Clarification needed

From "Features and Adaptations": "Wolves can measure anywhere from 1.3–2 meters (4.5–6.5 feet) from nose to the tip of the tail, which itself accounts for approximately one." One what? Foot, meter? I assume foot, as meter obviously doesn't make sense, but that should be made clear, especially since the feet measurement is the alternate one in parantheses. --Herald Alberich 18:50, 10 April 2007 (UTC)

  • Good catch. Looks like a sentence fragment arising from uncaught vandalism or some careless edit. Version 111928379 at 22:17, 1 March 2007 still shows the complete sentence: "Wolves can measure anywhere from 1.3–2 meters (4.5–6.5 feet) from nose to the tip of the tail, which itself accounts for approximately one quarter of overall body length. Will fix this. — Gosgood 11:48, 11 April 2007 (UTC)

wolf species

can different wolf species reproduce among themselve s? —The preceding unsigned comment was added by (talk) 09:29, 22 April 2007 (UTC).

Wolf Sub-Species

There are more scientifically identified wolf sub-species then listed on this website. One of which was the Newfoundland wolf, a wolf which inhabited the island of Newfoundland on the east coast of Canada up until 1930.

Why is this species of wolf ignored on this wikipedia page? There are two surviving skeletons of this species and it clearly has enough differences to be classified as a sub- species. The scientific name for the Newfoundland Wolf was Canis lupus beothucus. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talkcontribs)

Check the 2005 Mammal Species of the World. It's got the most up to date info. I have it, but haven't worked up to canids yet. - UtherSRG (talk) 21:30, 27 April 2007 (UTC)


Should there be an item related to children that were raised by wolves, either mythological (Romulus em Remus), fictional (Mowgli) or documented? Albmont 15:43, 30 April 2007 (UTC)

Dogs Wolves

If dogs are to be considered part of the gray wolf species, shouldn’t the habitat map reflect this? Dogs are endemic to the entirety of the United States for example. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talkcontribs) April 2, 2007 05:03

Whether dogs and gray wolves belong to the same species or not is actually very signficant: if they are the same species, then the gray wolf is not anywhere near endangered in the United States. If they are different species, the gray wolf may be of concern. 22:17, 12 April 2007 (UTC)
See discussion under coyotes regarding species definition. A species is not defined by the potential for interbreeding per se, but more by the likelihood of interbreeding. Wolves and dogs (and coyotes) are interfertile for example, but rarely (as far as I know) mate in the wild. Therefore dogs and wolves are not the same species. Jawshoeaw 07:05, 7 May 2007 (UTC)jawshoeaw