Caldecott award winner and thoughts about wolves

I haven’t written on this blog for a month and as I encouraged my Elizabeth to continue writing, I thought I should practice what I preach. I’m fully aware that Elizabeth’s writing is far superior to my rambles, but thought some of you might enjoy the letter I wrote to Silas and Geneva with their birthday gift of Caldecott and Newbery books. Each birthday  adds to a collection of award winning books. Right now, neither of them are very excited about getting these books, but maybe someday an appreciation will grow. Anyway, here is the letter.

“A hired man, who is not a shepherd and whose sheep are not his own, sees a wolf coming and leaves the sheep and runs away, and the wolf catches and scatters them. This is because he works for pay and has no concern for the sheep. I am the good shepherd, and I know mine and mine know me….” John 10:12-14

Wolves!!! I have too much to say about the subject of wolves to write it on the inside cover. As you can see, this year’s Caldecott book has “the wolf pack” as a main character, not a villain, but a “Disney” type story showing the wolves as curious and kind. I almost returned this book with the plan to order a different birthday book. Right now, I’m angry at wolves for killing Chad’s cattle. It’s interesting that the “old” children stories (Red Riding Hood, The Three Pigs, Boy Who Cries Wolf, Peter and the Wolf, etc) the wolf is the villain. Even Jesus uses the wolf to portray the evil one, from who we need protection.

I wish your problems could be the “Disney” type wolves, but problems can be villainous. Some problems seemed hatched from the evil one. That’s when we need Jesus’ protection. Some problems could be tests of perseverance. Creating good habits help us persevere through those influences. Some problems are of our own making. Life teaches us that bad decisions can boil into bad situations. I read at one of my teacher workshops this quote, “It is preferable that when a WOLF stares you in the eyes and says, “I am a wolf,” you believe it rather than ask, “are you a good wolf or a bad wolf?” Please make good choices so you don’t create problems for yourself.

With all that being said, I’d like to give you some advice. Don’t let some small “mole hill” turn into a “mountainous” problem because you didn’t communicate and/or forgive. Whatever the situation, always seek truth. Jesus says in John: “I am the way, the truth, and the life”. Seek God’s answer to whatever wolf pops up, and then be stouthearted in your actions to obey the creator of this world.

Now some wolf facts:

  1. 1843: At the Champoeg meeting, known as “wolf meetings”, a provisional government was established in Oregon to address issues of probate law, estate administration, and reward hunters who killed wolves and other predators prying on livestock. They also compromised on a system of leadership for the proposed government.
  2. 1974: Wolves were almost completely eradicated from the lower 48 states by trapping, shooting and poison. We had a “war on wolves”
  3. 1995 and 1996: The federal department of wildlife trans-located wolves from Canadian Rockies in Alberta and British Columbia to central Idaho and Yellowstone National Park.
  4. 1999: First wolf found in our corner of Oregon. It was captured and returned to Idaho.
  5. 2009: Wolves killed two dozen sheep and a goat on Curt and Annie Jacob’s ranch near Keating.
  6. 2010: Nineteen confirmed depredations by the Imnaha Wolf Pack were reported.
  7. 2011: Imnaha Wolf Pack killed five cows
  8. 2011: According to Todd Nash, Chair of the Or. Cattleman’s Association, it’s difficult to get ODFW to confirm if cattle killed is caused by a wolf.
  9. 2015: Wolves were removed from state’s endangered list because this protection only applies to native species of Oregon. The introduced wolf is the Canadian timber wolf. It is argued that the Great Plains wolf is the only subspecies native to Oregon, not the Canadian timber wolf. The original wolf of the western states was 20 to 25 percent smaller than the wolf that was reintroduced.
  10. 2016: Four wolves were lethally removed from the Imnaha Pack
  11. 2018: Pine Creek Wolf pack killed three calves belonging to Chad Delcurto.
  12. 2018: Oregon is home to 124 wolves
  13. Dr. David, a wolf researcher from Minnesota, says that wolves typically attack their  prey from the rear in an attempt to immobilize the hind legs. The wolf will feed on its meal as the victim continues to bawl. As Grandpa Great says, “Wolves are not quick clean killers like the coyote. If people knew how they killed, there would be less sympathy toward the wolf.”
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2 Responses to Caldecott award winner and thoughts about wolves

  1. Patty Hammond says:

    Thank you Jan, lots of good information. Makes me mad and sad. Keep those books coming to the kids.

    • janbonn says:

      There are a lot of internet articles that portray the wolf in a different light than the facts I posted. There are articles that say wolves are accused of killing by disabling their prey from behind, but they don’t. Yet, Dad watched wolves attack a sick buffalo in Yellowstone, and the wolves were eating while the buffalo was still trying to get up. The buffalo was sick and needed to be killed, but I like to see an animal’s death quick and clean. Then the article that I quoted showed a video of wolves attacking a doe the same way. So, I wonder about articles that say differently. The other facts are dated and true. Thanks for commenting. AND yes, unfortunately, our grand-kids get books when they would rather have toys. I do hope they will appreciate them later.

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