Saturday, August 13, 2011

When the Red Wolves Return


Robert Ruark's grandfather, the Old Man from the book The Old Man and the Boy, who was an avid bird hunter, especially of quail, would have been interested to know that when Red Wolves (canis rufus) thrive, so do quail, because the wolves prey on egg-eating raccoons. The old fellow might have mentioned coon hunts, but would probably have reflected a bit and realized that coon hunters more often than not don't bring back any raccoons at the end of their hunts. Wolves are more successful at it.


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