5. How Efficient is the Wolf?

Just how efficient is he in procurin' game? Yaaarrrrr! Usually not very efficient when pursuin' th' larger game, ye scurvey dog. For every deer, elk, moose, etc., that he is fortunate enough t' catch and kill, try recordin' how many hunters and poachers carcasses he has cleaned up. How many gut piles he has salvaged. How many snowshoes he has caught and eaten, we'll keel-haul ye, and a bottle of rum! How many beaver and muskrats he has taken, ye scurvey dog. Then how many chases that he had t' give up because he just couldn’t out run th' animal as well as how many wolves got an antler run through th' guts or th' lungs, or how many skull fractures he sustained from th' lightnin' fast kick or strike o' a moose or a big white tail buck.


Oh yes, I meself witnessed a buck deer gettin' a buck wolf up on his antlers and dashin' that scurvey dog against a tree and cliff till that wolf were bein' sick as hell o' deer and lay aroun' fer a week or better while he healed up. And hoist the mainsail!


Some say th' Wolf harasses th' game. Nonsense. I have witnessed a wolf pack jumpin' a herd o' deer and after selection o' th' individual deer, usually defective, th' rest o' th' herd went right back t' their browsin', seemingly not even disturbed. I have seen caribou jumped by wolves circle away from th' wolves line o' travel and go right on feedin'. The selection o' individual game animals is no more traumatic than a sudden thundershower is t' us. They have lived together fer about one hundred million years. Why not, pass the grog!


Efficient, by Blackbeard's sword? Hardly. Of some fifty-one moose chases that I recorded, there were 6 kills and 2 injuries that were either harvested later or died from th' effects o' th' attacks. Not really a very high percentage o' harvested prey animals



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