Living in Central Ohio, I sometimes get to hear Coyotes barking in the evenings. But the first time I heard a wolf howl was at the Columbus Zoo. There was this eerie noise that I could not identify. But as we got nearer to the wolf exhibit, I knew what it was. I was excited to see the wolves in a pack howling melodically. No wonder our ancient ancestors domesticated this beautiful creature.
It's funny that wolves has such a stigma in our society. According to Wild Dogs by Erwin Bauer, there has not been a single documented case of a wolf attacking a human in North America since Europeans have been settling the Americas! I believe I heard a similar fact on a National Geographic episode recounting a death in Alaska that had signs of wolves at the death, but the general verdict was that the man was killed by a bear and the wolves had scavanged.
Of course, the wolf is a predator and obviously dangerous depending on circumstances.
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- Columbus Zoo
Photos of various animals at the Columbus Zoo.