Environment: No Fear of the Big Bad Wolf

Reprieve from the courts for a hunted hunter

Before the white man set foot in the New World, wolves roamed freely across what would become the U.S., preying on the great herds of deer, elk and bison. The Indians were so in awe of this skilled predator that many tribes incorporated the wolf in such rituals as ceremonial dances, hoping that braves might acquire some of the animal's courage and stamina. But with the settlement of the continent, the hunter became the hunted. Today Canis lupus has all but vanished from the contiguous 48 states. Only in the lonely wilds of northern...

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