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'Wolf' Slaughter Protest Message

Outline
Message that features a photograph of hunters posing by a small truck filled with animal corpses decries the slaughter of the great wolves and asks that users pass on the picture to help stop the wolf killings.



Brief Analysis
The animals shown in the photograph are coyotes, not wolves. Culling of coyotes in North America is a common practise due to livestock predation and problem interactions with humans. While such coyote culling has raised considerable controversy, coyotes are not an endangered species. Sending on a protest message that misidentifies the pictured animals will not help protect either wolves or coyotes.

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Detailed analysis and references below example.





Last updated: 3rd March 2012
First published: 3rd March 2012
Article written by Brett M. Christensen
Research by David White and Brett Christensen
About Brett Christensen and Hoax-Slayer


Example
Result of Coyote Cull

Look at these 2 xxxxing bastards. Killing the great wolves. Spread this pic all the world people. This slaughter has got to stop.




Detailed Analysis
This social media driven message protests the killing of wolves and ask users to send on an included photograph to help stop the wolf slaughter. The image depicts two hunters posing beside a small truck overflowing with dead animals that are identified as wolves.

However, the photograph actually shows coyotes rather than wolves. The same photograph can be viewed in a post on the Blueollie blog, where the animals are correctly identified as coyotes. The picture depicts the results of a typical coyote hunt, many of which occur in various locations across the United States and Canada every year. Many similar images of such coyote hunts have been published online.

Although such culling has raised considerable controversy, they are undertaken because coyotes have been identified as one of the most abundant livestock predators in North America. Their interactions with humans and pets have also caused ongoing problems. A 2009 Associated Press article notes:
Coyotes are often unwelcome guests, whether they're prowling city parks, stalking the prairies or roaming the modern American suburb. Usually they forage for food, snarf down a rodent or two and disappear into the night.

Each year, U.S. government agents shoot, trap and poison about 90,000 of the ones suspected of killing livestock or causing other problems. But they're still trying to figure out how to turn the less troublesome coyotes back from neighborhoods and ranches without killing them.
And, unlike wolves, coyotes are not currently endangered. In fact, the coyote has readily adapted to changes caused by human presence and is one of the few medium-to-large-sized animals that has enlarged its range since human encroachment began.

Although they do look similar to wolves, there are a number of differences between the two species. As depicted in the above picture, coyotes are considerably smaller than wolves and tend to have bushier tails.

Given that it misidentifies the pictured animal, this message fails epically as a protest. Reposting it will do nothing to help protect wolves. Or coyotes.

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References
Race, Milky Way and Coyote Killing
My .17 Predator
Maine Coyote Hunting With Dogs and Bait Stands
Utah bill seeks to exterminate up to 20,000 coyotes
Coyote
Difference Between Coyote and Wolf

Last updated: 3rd March 2012
First published: 3rd March 2012
Article written by Brett M. Christensen
Research by David White and Brett Christensen
About Brett Christensen and Hoax-Slayer