And Justice For All?
Friday, January 30, 2009 | Author: eventer79
Livestock kills are an oft-cited excuse for the execution of our aforementioned plantary co-habitors, the grey wolves. Of course, it only takes a little time observing or learning about wild canines versus domestic ones to realize something doesn't quite add up. Everything about a wolf in relation to human presence is aloof, secretive, held separate, always choosing to retreat into the soft quiet of a wood or mountain over the noisy vibration of domesticated areas. Something in our gut shakes its head with the knowledge that only a desperate wolf would choose our altered space over his natural one.


Well, it looks like there's a new show in town: CSI:Pastureland. A new paper from Sweden published in the journal Conservation Genetics shows that the scapegoat should really be called the "scapedog." Using DNA from saliva recovered from the bite wounds on sheep, scientists were able to conclusively determine that the murder was executed in the pasture with the fangs by Professor Fido. That's right, a domestic dog. Previously, wolves had been blamed for these kills. Despite the genetic similarities between dogs and wolves, DNA tests are still able to differentiate and finger the guilty party. Hopefully, inspectors worldwide can begin to set things to right and clear the murky reputation that has unfairly settled about the thick fur of the grey wolf. No more taking the fall for Feral Fluffy. Perhaps this will also bring more attention the problem of abandoned and unsupervised dogs...

Wander and hope, my friends!
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2 comments:

On January 31, 2009 at 8:23 PM , lifeshighway said...

I find this a very interesting study but the results are not at all surprising. Maybe it is just my upbringing but I have always known that livestock are killed by domestic dogs and not wolves. I keep wondering when the world is going to catch up to what I have always considered to be common sense.

 
On January 31, 2009 at 9:02 PM , eventer79 said...

You would think that would be common sense, wouldn't you? But even in this area, if livestock gets harassed, the majority of people will instantaneously cry "coyote" or "wolf" without a moment's hesitation. It baffles the mind how little thought goes into some very loud statements...