Meet the wolf in the European forest

In Europe, the wolf is coming again.

The wolf, the evil villain in this many fairy tales, reproduces in people’s vision, and people who live in the city and enjoy the fruits of civilization have seen the brutality of nature. This time, a group of human “wolf tubes” are behind the wolves, protecting people from their violations. Not only that, but a sheep-raiser in Lower Saxony, Germany, also discovered a way to deal with wolves, allegedly having such an animal that made the wolf stunned…

The wild wolf killed 40 sheep
In recent years, wild wolves have re-emerged throughout Europe. For naturalists and animal lovers, this may be a delightful news, but for a stocked, awkward sheep that has never been threatened by a “grey wolf” for centuries, it’s like hanging over The sickle of death on the head, at any time.

According to the German “Frankfurt Report”, in early October 2018, about 40 sheep in the Oberlausitz Nature Reserve in Saxony were poisoned and exposed to the wild. It is reported that the largest livestock loss in Saxony to date is in June 2016, when about 70 animals were reported dead.

But the record at the time was not overnight, so the latest single-time killing of 40 records is quite amazing. According to statistics, there are currently 55 wolves in Germany, of which 17 wolves live in the eastern state of Saxony.

Keeping the corpse slowly after a large-scale hunting of the prey is a common practice for wolves and other carnivores such as crickets and foxes. When killing wild scorpions, it is difficult for wolves to have the opportunity to catch the next one. Therefore, there have been no reports of such large numbers of wild animals lying down. But livestock are different. They tend to be group activities, not only have poor mobility, but also have limited scope of activities. When they met them, the hungry wolves had enough opportunities to have a good time.

The “grey wolf” is back, the zoologists are cheering, and the farmers who raise the sheep have a headache. In the 21st century in Europe, how do you balance the relationship between nature and people? Should the wolf kill it? Perhaps reading the story of Little Red Riding Hood will give some inspiration.

The successors of Little Red Riding Hood
Like many stories in Grimm’s fairy tale collection, the story of Little Red Riding Hood is not the original of the world-famous German brothers, but by a French writer named Charles Perrault.

The French version of “Little Red Riding Hood”, written by Perot in the 17th century, is also known to be based on folklore. In this original version, the author wrote a note like this in the famous phrase “This way I can eat you better”: “This sentence should be spoken out loud so that the child can feel Scared.”

In order to help readers understand their original intentions, Perot also gave a number of instructions to help interpret the text. It can be seen that the wolf he wrote is not only a wolf, but also a man who is extremely dangerous to young women. For example, in his version, Little Red Riding Hood actually lay naked on the bed next to the “Wolf Grandma”. At the end of the story, the author also wrote: There are different kinds of wolves in the world, there are charming wolves, quiet wolves, humble wolves, and polite wolves. “However, unfortunately, it is these The wolf is the most dangerous of all wolves.”

In the 150 years after the publication of the French version of Little Red Riding Hood, in contrast to the surge in population, the wild wolves in Europe have gradually disappeared. Until recently, their figure reappeared in the forest.

There are currently around 200 wolves living in Germany, and they are occasionally seen in the vicinity of “Forest Kindergarten” (a kindergarten that originated in Northern Europe and opened in the forest, allowing young children to learn through direct contact with nature).

Italy even has rumors that the wolves of the Apennines are intentionally dropped by the relevant departments to balance nature and re-introduction. This is what the wolf research expert Luigi Boitani said in an interview with Der Spiegel in Germany. The well-trained airborne wolf can be written as a contemporary fairy tale.

So what about the truth? In fact, today’s wolves are each responsible for a wolf consultant or a “wolf tube.” They wear red work hats, and the task is to observe, number, track and record each wolf, which is called the contemporary “Little Red Riding Hood”. In Switzerland, there is a special “wolf tube”, which can be summarized as follows: “Are you a wolf who wants to settle in Switzerland? Switzerland welcomes you! Here you will be sheltered by the Species Protection Act. You can kill the flock. The upper limit is 25. If you kill 26, you will have to accept the punishment for death.”

It’s fun to think about this picture: a wolf, chewing on the hind legs of the 25th sheep, a guard running over to signal it is the last time, not the case. Of course, it’s always good to complain about it. At the moment, it’s bound to complain loudly: Well, I did eat the sheep’s left hind leg, but when I saw the sheep, the sheep was dead, and the murderer had another person. . Looking back, the murderer is in the wolf behind him, the one behind…

To be honest, even if there are wild, unpredictable, and dangerous things in this world, it is not a wolf, but it is precisely our human being. There is a saying in ancient Rome: “Homo homini lupus.”

People have domesticated so many wild animals, even the meat on the menu marked “wild”, it is likely to be just a fake New Zealand industrialized pasture. The venison in the wild deer is not the imaginary deer that grew up in the forest and the innocent ignorance, but the deer from the slaughterhouse who knows that it is difficult to protect itself and is stunned.

French farmers will protest against the cluster, oppose the government’s “wolf plan” and seek to protect their livestock.

Is it really dangerous to reproduce the wild wolves in the rivers and lakes? This evil villain who has stepped into the human domain still seems to be unable to escape the embarrassing end of the story. In order to deal with the wolf, a sheep-raising family from Dipholz County, Lower Saxony, in northwestern Germany, has a clever plan. He bought three donkeys to see the sheep anti-wolf, because he thought that he was not afraid of wolves. Once the scorpion perceives the presence of the wolf, he will quickly approach it, screaming and attacking with iron hooves. So, this is the wolf in today’s concept: you can scare them away with just a slap.

In this case, if you encounter a wolf in the forest next time, please be sure to simulate the screaming loudly: “Hey-ah! Hey-ah!”