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A howling good time in Algonquin helps change image of wolves

[large thumbnail url=”a-howling-good-time-in-algonquin-helps-change-image-of-wolves” filename=”news” year=”2011″ month=”08″ day=”01″] [thumbnail icon url=”a-howling-good-time-in-algonquin-helps-change-image-of-wolves” filename=”news” year=”2011″ month=”08″ day=”01″] Algonquin, Ontario – Who’s afraid of the big, bad wolf? Quite a lot of people it seems if you believe the popular myths about these predators.

Even those in charge of protecting our provincial parks held massive wolf culls in the early 1900s to drive the species out of existence. But despite all the past huffing and puffing about wolves as evil incarnate, it turns out they were greatly misunderstood and park naturalists have been working hard ever since to blow down the inaccurate stereotypes.

At Ontario’s Algonquin Park, visitors can get a chance to communicate directly with these fascinating animals by joining a Public Wolf Howl on Thursday nights in August.

“The Public Wolf Howl program started back in 1963 as part of a research tool to find packs of wolves,” Rick Stronks, Algonquin’s chief park naturalist, explains. “You have to remember that in the 1960s wolves were still considered to be vermin, so it was not something that we thought would be successful.”

Read the entire article on torontosun.com: A howling good time in Algonquin

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