Yes, he's big, but no, not bad! I find that stereotype rather annoying. I refuse to read tales like Little Red Riding Hood, and The Three Little Pigs without offering a disclaimer first.
Wolves are highly social (with each other), protective, loving creatures, and the image portrayed over the years is a gross misinterpretation. As I once said to my little four-year-old neighbor, "wolves are more afraid of you than you should be of them."
Last week I saw the obituary for Michael Blake, who passed away in Arizona at the age of 69. Blake, who was an outspoken advocate for numerous social issues, including literacy, is best know for writing the novel, "Dances With Wolves." Published in 1988, I read "Dances With Wolves" long before seeing Kevin Costner's movie because of my love for the wolf. The film went on to win multiple Academy Awards including a Best Screenplay for Blake and Best Director for Costner.
There are many organizations offering protection to wolves in their natural environment, and refuge to those with circumstances that prevent them from surviving in the wild. If you love, and respect, wolves as much as I do, here are a few organizations you might want to check out.
Wolf Sanctuary of PA
Wolf Haven International
Defenders of Wildlife
Anyone who may be interested in reading the novel, Dances with Wolves, I've included the Amazon link for the 2002 reissue, http://www.amazon.com/Dances-Wolves-Michael-Blake/dp/0972475303/ref=pd_bxgy_14_img_y
Have a great week, Everyone!
(photos c/o facebook.com/WolfSanctuaryPA)