This is a report I just wrote and wanted to put it up here.
BIG BAD WOLF?
by Tamara Jones (11 years old)
Wolves are a mysterious, gentle and deeply misunderstood kind of mammal.
When you hear about wolves you might think that they are mean and scary, but actually they are friendly and kind. But many people don’t know that yet. That’s why they are deeply misunderstood. When you read a kids book and there’s a bad guy, it is almost always a big bad wolf like from Little Red Ridding Hood, the Three Little Pigs, or Beauty and the Beast. I could go on naming books with a bad wolf for a long time but you probably don’t want to hear them all.
Wolves(canisplus) travel in a group called a pack. When you hear about a pack, you probably think about a gang. Well, that’s not true; a pack is a family that only ever attacks if the young pups are in danger.
Many people are afraid of wolves. This might be because people fear what is unknown, mysterious, wild and whatever they can’t control.
Should people be afraid of wolves?
No, people have no good reason to fear wolves. Even though people have died from wolf attacks, it is very rare. If you see a wolf in the woods, it is more likely for it to run away than you. In fact, it is more probable to be struck by lightning multiple times than be attacked by a wolves.
Should wolves be afraid of people?
Yes. The number of wolves in the world has decreased dramatically in the past few hundred years because of humans and their guns. From numbering in the millions, there are now only 150,000 wolves world-wide. Not to my surprise, they make very bad guard dogs because when they see people they are so gentle that they run away and hide.
Respect wolves and be nice to them. They won’t hurt you and if you ever hear a wolf howl, don’t be scared. Just howl back and say hello.