Grey Wolf with its Head Down Hunting

£750.00

54 x 21 x 34 cm

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The rich colouring of these Wolves is the product of a series of coloured slips over Earthstone ES50, finished with a Manganese wash and glazed detailing

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( Ceramic Grey Wolf with its Head Down Hunting – WOLF-C-002 )

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Description

Grey Wolf with its Head Down Hunting

 

Wolves

 

The gray wolf  (Canis lupus), also known as the timber wolf, is a canine native to the wilderness and remote areas of Eurasia and North America. It is the largest member of its family. Its winter fur is long and bushy and predominantly a mottled gray in colour, although nearly pure white, shades of blond, cream, and ochre to greys, browns, blacks, red, and brown to black also occur.

The gray wolf is one of the world’s best-known and most-researched animals, with probably more books written about it than any other wildlife species. It has a long history of association with humans, having been despised and hunted in most pastoral communities because of its attacks on livestock.

The gray wolf is a social animal, whose basic social unit consists of a mated pair, accompanied by the pair’s adult offspring. The average pack consists of a family of 5–11 animals (1–2 adults, 3–6 juveniles and 1–3 yearlings), or sometimes two or three such families. In ideal conditions, the mated pair produces pups every year, with such offspring typically staying in the pack for 10–54 months before dispersing. A new pack is usually founded by an unrelated dispersing male and female, travelling together in search of an area devoid of other hostile packs.

Records indicate that the last wolf in Scotland was killed in 1680 by Sir Ewen Cameron in Killiecrankie, Perthshire, but there are reports that wolves survived in Scotland up until the 18th century, and a tale even exists of one being seen as late as 1888.

The possibility of reintroducing wolves to Scotland was first proposed in the 1960s. In recent years, the idea has gained momentum and wider publicity following the hugely successful reintroduction of the grey wolf to Yellowstone National Park in 1995.

However, at present, Scottish Natural Heritage have no plans to consider reintroduction of wolves.

Their position will not change unless they can be persuaded that the reintroduction of wolves to Scotland would be welcomed by the majority of land owners and the public. This is not impossible, as Lynx UK Trust have shown with their campaign to reintroduce the lynx.

One excellent source of information is

www.wolvesandhumans.org  – a charity that presents facts about wolves obtained from people who have worked and lived alongside wolves for over twenty years. It is hoped that their experience in other countries where wolves and humans co-exist can help resolve the problems of livestock predation and conflict, human development and the management of wolf populations.