Keeping Wolves as Pets in the United States: Background information when reading Wolf Season

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Wolf Season

by Helen Benedict

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Keeping Wolves as Pets in the United States

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In Helen Benedict's novel Wolf Season, a character illegally keeps pet wolves behind a fence on her upstate New York property. At first her neighbors don't believe she actually has wolves – they think it's just a rumor passed around by children – but when they realize the wolves are real they become alarmed and look for legal means to address the situation.

The European Grey Wolf Throughout history, attempts have been made to domesticate wolves to help with certain human activities, such as pulling sleds, serving as hunting dogs, or working as police dogs. Wolves and wolf–dog hybrids may seem like appealing pets for animal-lovers, but there are some serious reasons why owning a wolf should not be considered a valid alternative to owning a dog. Dogs are the result of 10,000 years of intensive domestication, whereas wolves are still very much wild animals; even if taken from their mother as pups within the first two weeks of life, wolves do not respond to socialization after the age of ...

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