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Wolves Ontario!

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Approximately 40% of the pups born to Algonquin Park wolves will survive to become adults. The average litter size for wolves in Algonquin Park is 5 pups/year.

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The Dark Forest
By Dean Hammond

Grade 5, Hillcrest Public School, Orillia

I'm the most ruthless predator in the wild, or so fairy tales say. Have you heard of the story of the Three Little Pigs and Little Red Riding Hood. Well actually, wolves haven't killed a human ever. You may still think I am ruthless, but if I was eliminated from the ecosystem, just imagine…..

It's spring and the hunters turned their game to us because were the only big animals to hunt in spring. I have just had babies and I am the last adult wolf in the forest. Unfortunately, I wandered out of the park and was killed by a hunter.

Maybe you haven't noticed but I'm on my way to being extinct. This can't keep going on. What do you think is more ruthless, me killing an animal or you killing me? (Now back to the story).

My babies survived on their won with little food. The deer population grew and there wasn't enough food for all to eat. The beaver population grew and took out a lot of the trees in the forest, so animals lost homes. The wolves usually took down deer, and other animals like wolverines and foxes would feed off the meat of the deer. "Just see what's happening." My babies became very weak but still were alive. They survived off slugs, mice and rabbits.

My babies were really surviving off their love for each other.

Two and a half years later, the government found out what was going on and did something about it. They sent more wolves into the forest to make another population. My now adult wolves are surviving better with a pack, and are mating.

So once again, there are wolves back at my forest. The ecosystem is back in order and I guess you could say everyone lived happily ever after.

A Real Wolf's Play
By Gillian Burrell

Grade 5, Hillcrest Public School, Orillia

"Crunch, crunch, crunch!" Heavy footsteps warn the wolf that humans are coming! With great speed he dashes to his den. The first shoot just narrowly misses his tail. More shots follow him to his den. He enters his den with an injured tail and ear. He was very lucky.

The lonely wolf (and now quite scared wolf) watches as the hunters disappear and then return a while later with a wolf pack of dead wolves. The wolf backs into his den and nurses his sore tail and ear. He will have to take more precautions next time.

It has been a long tiring day for this wolf. He lays his tired head down. Hoping he won't wake up again for days the lonely wolf sleeps.

Now what do you think about wolves? Do you still think they would hurt you? I don't.

Wolves. Blood-thirsty, vicious, kill little animals for fun, and chomping on little children. Right? Wrong. These animals are scarce. They're more afraid of you than you are of them. If they had a choice they wouldn't kill a think, but they need to eat deer, beaver and moose to survive.

Deep in a forest a lonely wolf wakes. He is hungry. Not for poor little children but for deer, beaver, or moose. He was separated from his pack and now must hunt by himself.

After a long time hunting he manages to catch a beaver. What he doesn't eat the eagles will. A lot of animals benefit from the wolf. The wolf takes his share and leaves knowing he won't need to eat anything for days. In fact he won't kill for days either.

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