The Chilcotin and particularly, the Brittany Triangle, are home to a large number of wolves. Much like grizzly bears, wolves often get an unfair rap because of their outside appearance of being ferocious. Few people have neutral opinions about wolves. Like US politics these days, wolves tend to bring out only the extreme views.
If you are a rancher who is concerned about losing livestock in wolf country, you may have a different perspective from those of us who idealize the wolf as the most noble and iconic of wilderness animals.
I base my opinion on personal experiences rather than anecdote & myth.
Slowly the public are coming to understand that predators, like wolves (and bears), play an essential role in the conservation of the natural world. As a result, old myths and fears about wolves are dying . First Nations people have always admired the wolf for its strength, courage and ability to hunt but mostly for the wolf’s close family ties.
Although wolves are found in most of the northern part of the world, North America has two species, from Mexico to the Arctic. In Western Canada we have the grey, or timber, wolf whose scientific name is Canis Lupis. The gray wolf has 27 subspecies, which include the Arctic white wolf. The subspecies may differ from each other in size, weight and/or colour depending on their habitat.
No two wolves look exactly alike. Some are black except for a white mark and others are all white, like the Arctic wolf. Others may be a combination of grey, white, fawn, black and brown. Adult wolves can weigh between 55 to a record of 175 pounds. The average weight is 88 pounds for males and 81 lbs for females.
To learn more about wolves and how they affect our natural habitat, check out this interesting video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ysa5OBhXz-Q