The Gray Wolf is a mammal of the Canidae family and the ancestor of
the domestic dog. Wolves once had an nearly worldwide distribution,
but are now limited primarily to North America, Eurasia, and the
Middle East. The habitat of wolves include forests, tundra, taigas,
plains, and mountains. In the Northern Hemisphere, human habitat
destruction and hunting of the animals themselves have drastically
reduced their range. The wolf is today frequently involved in
conflicts between many different interests: tourism versus industry,
city versus country, as well as conservationism versus urban
development. Since the wolf is an apex predator, the state of the wolf
can frequently be seen as a state of the land where it lives. Wolves
are still endangered after being hunted down in the 17th century.
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Today's selected anniversaries:
According to traditional accounts, Martin Luther nailed his 95 Theses
onto the door of a
church in Wittenberg, Germany, marking the beginning of the Protestant
The Maori Wars resumed as British forces in New Zealand led by General
Duncan Cameron began their Invasion of the Waikato along the Waikato
Benito Mussolini became the youngest Premier in the history of Italy
at age 39.
Gutzon Borglum and 400 workers completed the colossal busts of U.S.
Presidents George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt,
and Abraham Lincoln at Mount Rushmore.
Prime Minister Indira Gandhi of India was assassinated by two of her
own bodyguards. Riots soon broke out in New Delhi.
Wikiquote of the day:
I can see lights in the distance trembling in the dark cloak of
nightCandles and lanterns are dancing, dancing a waltz on All Souls
Night. -- Loreena McKennitt --