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'Biggest wolf ever' shot dead

Bulgarian shots 80 kg wolf
Near the village of Brusartzi, Bulgaria, Slavcho Slavchev shot and killed an 80 kg grey wolf. If the size of the wolf is confirmed, it would be the biggest wolf ever recorded. Mr. Slavchev told the BTA news agency that he shot the six-year-old dog with a single bullet to the head while lying in ambush for other game.
Mr. Slavchev said that 50 kg wolf is considered an "exceptionally weighty trophy" and none of the hunters in his party had ever seen such a big animal.
The heaviest wolf on record was 79.4kg, according to The International Wolf Centre in Ely in the US state of Minnesota.
Bulgaria has one of the largest game populations in Europe, including more than 2500 grey wolves.
This is such a disturbing story on so many levels for me. I absolutely abhor the hunting of wild animals like this and to kill such a magnificant animal of this stature seems kind of stupid. I will never understand the mindset.

6 comments

#1Jan 3, 2007 Tar De Moutonnoir
I agree with you gohomelaker. Good find.
I have to be honest and say I am annoyed that the wolf was shot as a 'trophy'.
I mean if it's such a beautiful animal, and possibly the world's largest ever recorded, why kill it?
Maybe shooting a 'picture' would have been a better option.
#2Jan 3, 2007 Patrix
I agree shooting such a beautiful creature is an abomination.
#3Jan 3, 2007 Laura Trowbridge
It is a shame that such an exceptionally magnificent animal was killed just as a trophy. Alot of men in my family are hunters, including my husband. With the love I have for animals I often have a hard time with the hunting of "trophies". When my guys shoot an animal for the pleasure of the taste of the wild meat, I don't mind. But just to destroy a beautiful animal because you can, & to boast of it as a "trophy" piece, I do have a problem with that. I agree with Bocephalus - "shooting a picture would have been better!"
#4Jan 3, 2007 Carolyn E. Price
Jaguar, I agree with you totally. My brother too is a hunter not for trophies but for food and I have no problem with that. As you say, I have a problem with the people who have that "because I can" attitude.
#5Jan 3, 2007 malan
this is so sad... "Hey here's this amazing animal - let's kill it!" Such a ridiculous mentality.
#6Jan 3, 2007 Chris V. Thangham
@Carolyn E. Price:
Jaguar, I agree with you totally. My brother too is a hunter not for trophies but for food and I have no problem with that. As you say, I have a problem with the people who have that "because I can" attitude.
What are they gonna do with a wolf Carcass in their home just stupid, they should have let it live.

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