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When European settlers arrived in North America, they found that they were entering a land that was inhabited by wolves; the settlers slaughtered many thousands of wolves in part because they genuinely feared for their lives. Indeed, during the middle Ages many horrifying rumors of wolves killing humans spread across Europe. Although many of these rumors are likely exaggerated, people believed them. Wolves had already been wiped out from much of Europe by this time, as most people believed that wolves did attack people.
Wolves are family oriented and work together to get their food, take care of their young and more.
Rabid wolves are cast out and not part of the pack. Rabid wolves are on their own and are the ones that are known for killing live stock and attacking unprovoked. Rabid wolves are able to be determined by there abnormally large size and reddish color.
Wolves are an important part of the animal kingdom to keep the balance and wolves actually strengthen the heard of elk they attack by taking down the oldest, sickest or weakest to eat.