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With the reintroduction of Canis lupus to Yellowstone National Park many people have begun to rethink how they feel about wolves.

Thousands of years ago, we invited wolves into our caves as hunting partner and protectors. An ancient bond was formed between humans and wolves that ultimately resulted in the domesticated canine. The dog became 'man's best friend', but the wolf became the most persecuted and misunderstood animal in the world.

Over centuries Europeans' hatred of wolves grew as farms and livestock grazing lands replaced forests, squeezing the wolf's natural habitat. When Europeans came to the Americas, they brought their legends, myths, and fear of wolves with them. But the attitudes of the native peoples of North America toward wolves was vastly different; they were seen as thinking, reasoning fellow beings that possess souls. Like them, the wolf is a hunter, and lives in a pack much like a tribe. Native people call the wolf 'brother' and treat it with respect and honor.

Which view of the wolf is true? Are they bloodthirsty or benevolent? What is their role in the ecosystem? Why do we fear them? Why do we need them? What is a proper relationship between humans and this magnificent predator species?

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