14 comments on “Cold times and angry wolves. 1933.

  1. I was trying to explain these wolf stories you uncovered in the archives to my husband. The stories are so surreal. You find the most interesting history, Metan! And your explanations make the stories that much more fascinating!

    • Thank you :)
      The wolf stories certainly are a worry. Makes me glad we don’t have such predators here! I think country life in the past would have been fraught with danger at every turn. I remember seeing people who lived in a place where wolves were returning being interviewed a while ago. They were living in a constant state of fear as their pets and livestock were at constant risk and being taken regularly.

      The wolf is always portrayed as this romantic beast, much like tigers and all other large predators. Of course the people who live with them on a day to day basis don’t really see them the same way do they!

    • Funny coincidence, tonight on telly there was a show about organizations that return large predators to the wild, panthers to Florida, Brown bears to the Alps, and the problems this causes with the people who are living there now.

      It seems pretty clear to me that the people pushed out the animals for a reason (right or wrong), and now the animals are coming back the reason for that conflict still exist.

      These organizations saying returning the animals is the right thing to do without fixing the original reason for them being pushed out are really just putting pressure on both the animals and the people without creating a solution beforehand!
      Stepping off soapbox now…;)

      • Oh, Metan! I missed this whole comment reply!

        It’s happening here, too. Big problem with mountain lions—

        http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/huntwild/wild/species/mlion/

        They call them panthers in this part of the country (Texas and Louisiana). My grandfather and his generation still called them “painters.”

        Funny thing about mountain lions is that they keep the deer population in check. This way, you don’t have starving deer during the lean times. And they don’t like to fool with people. There has to be a drought going on for them to fool with people or cattle.

        So, it’s tricky. You’ve got people going off half-cocked to kill them, and you’ve got people going off half-cocked to keep them from being killed.

        Also, I’ve been thinking about predators and life cycles lately, a lot. Maybe your post spurred my thoughts? Wish I had caught your follow up comment sooner though! Sorry about that!

        • That’s ok!
          I totally understand the idea behind reintroducing the large predators but I can also see why people don’t want this to happen. Everytime humans mess with the balance of nature there are repercussions.

          Farmers used to kill Wedgetailed eagles here as they were blamed for killing lambs, now they are protected and we are thrilled to see them around. Except for our tiny, delicious morsel of dog of course, the eagles that live around here are one of the main reasons she is not left out in the garden while I am at work!

          PS: I always check the ‘comments I’ve made’ thing in the menu on the dashboard because I have no faith in the darn notifications button! :)

          • I was JUST wondering about that! Happens here too with eagles and owls and small dogs/cats! (Mostly up north where the birds are big. If it happens in Texas, the big birds would be barn owls and carrion-eaters. Now, those are HUGE.)

            Do you think the balance of nature is ever able to re-set itself? Especially in precarious ecosystems?

            Thanks for the second tip! I’m going to check that box too! Right now!

          • I did a post about dogs and eagles earlier in the year, I’m not just paranoid, it really happens! Wedgetails are one of the largest birds of prey in the world with a wingspan over 2m (7ft).

            http://picsandstuff.wordpress.com/2012/01/20/dog-vs-eagle-1898/

            We don’t have that dog anymore (too bitey) but our tiny Jackal is even more tempting to predators!

            Once we were camping in the outback when a small number 1 son was just learning to walk. A very interested wedgetail quietly came in to watch from a nearby vantage point. We were quick to stand over the top of no1 so he wouldn’t be carried off!

            I think nature can reset itself, it is just that we aren’t going to be around long enough to see particular places do so in our individual lifetimes. Because it doesn’t happen right before our very eyes we assume it is not happening at all. The world can function quite well without humans, we just think we need to interfere with it to make it work better!

          • Oh no, I do know it’s true. I was wrong about the eagles, by the way. They can’t really carry off anything bigger than four pounds.

            Owls and hawks are a different matter. Man, are they strong!

            (Loved your post by the way. What a cliffhanger!)

            I totally agree with your assessment re: nature. That’s why we try hard not to mess w/ the ecosystem of the ranch as much as possible because our “help” isn’t helping things.

            I had never heard of wedgetails before tonight! Ohmaigah! Your son!

            Just looked up Wedge-tailed Eagles. WOW. They are scary-smart!

          • Glad you liked it :) They are very beautiful too, funny thing is though you often see them in the sky being harried by a few smaller birds for getting too close to a nest or something, a giant bird on the run, being pecked and harassed by what look like ants!
            We live near Healesville Sanctuary and they do a Birds of Prey flight show there daily. Among other things you can get a close up with a Wedgetail there, they fly the birds low right over your heads!

          • It is fantastic! You get to see the different birds skim over your head and walk around on the grass right in front of you. There are always a few people scared of birds in the crowd so you are sure to get a few screamers as well! :)

  2. You, woman, should be writing horror stories :p Call me a cynic though but just exactly where did those workmen find enough meat to tempt those wolves? Salami sandwiches perhaps? Do they have salami in Moldavia?

    • I can only hope that some of the supplies on the train were meat products.

      If not, I wonder if they took the example of the two survivors from that worst wedding and the ‘meat’ was an innocent bystander thrown in the door!? ;)

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