Yellow Bird: Wolf knew it was ready to cross over
"The Herald's recent story of the wolf killed under a deck in Thief River Falls is sad because wolves are beautiful, wild creatures

And the overwhelming majority of the e-mails that the Herald received almost all of them from outside our circulation area asked the question, "Was euthanizing the wolf necessary?"

I'm a confirmed animal advocate and wanted some answers. As it happened, I had dinner Thursday evening with Richard Crawford, a biology professor who's now retiring after teaching at UND for 32 years. I asked him that about the wolf.

Based on the information gleaned from the newspapers, the officers probably were right to kill the wolf, Crawford said.

Wild animals, especially those that run in packs, will separate themselves from the group when they are ill, this biologist told me. They'll go someplace to die alone. The pack also will chase them away; instinct tells them the sick animal is a risk to the pack.

Unlike humans, wolves know when they're ready to cross over as, I believe, the wolf in Thief River Falls knew. The animal-control officers and many residents are sensitive to and aware of the creatures living in that scenic and wonderful land of northwestern Minnesota."

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