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Do "Kid Cages" Really Protect Children From Wolves?

Society & Culture  (tags: children, wolves, New Mexico, society, safety, humans, culture, environment, education )

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In rural Reserve, New Mexico, children wait for school buses inside boxy, wood-and-mesh structures that look like chicken coops. The "kid cages" are meant as protection from wolves. But are they even necessary?

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Pam miner (2)
Tuesday October 29, 2013, 3:58 pm
If there have been more than one wolf attacking a child, it seems to be needed. I'd rather a child be in a place of relative safety than waiting along a rural road with wolves about.

zora b (85)
Tuesday October 29, 2013, 5:14 pm
Not really necessary. Thank you for posting, dear Carrie.

Jason S (50)
Tuesday October 29, 2013, 6:02 pm
Good posting, thanks

Birgit W (160)
Tuesday October 29, 2013, 6:20 pm
Sorry Carrie, it did not allow me to read the article.

Laurie H (817)
Tuesday October 29, 2013, 6:37 pm
Thank you for sharing with us Carrie! I couldn't read the article, as National Geographic advertising, kept coming on & couldn't x out. ~

Constance F (418)
Tuesday October 29, 2013, 9:36 pm
WTF, I can't believe I read this. god the freaking ignorance ~ no wonder the US is going the toilet and all our wildlife is being wiped out. The only thing children and people need to be afraid of is other people.

Susanne R (235)
Tuesday October 29, 2013, 10:33 pm
Based on actual statistics, it seems to me that there is a much greater need to protect children from guns.

According to an article in USA Today dated April 11, 2013:

"Nationally, guns still kill twice as many children and young people than cancer, five times as many than heart disease and 15 times more than infection, according to the New England Journal of Medicine."

"We see guns as much of a threat in their life as we used to see bacteria and viruses," said Dr. Judith S. Palfrey, a past president of the American Academy of Pediatrics and the co-author of the New England journal report. "If you look at what's actually killing children and disabling children, guns is one of the major things."

For those who were unable to access the National Geographic article attached to this post, it states:

"Conservative groups, which call wolves a threat to humans and livestock alike, say that would be government overreach. Wolf defenders, who cite the fact that no wolf attacks have been documented in New Mexico or Arizona, call the new kid cages a stunt.

To understand the issue on scientific terms, we spoke with Daniel MacNulty, a wildlife-ecology professor at Utah State University who's been studying wolves in Yellowstone National Park for the past 18 years.

Are wolves in the Southwest really a threat to schoolchildren and other humans?

Are they a meaningful threat? No. Is the probability of wolves hurting someone zero? No. Is it close to zero? Yes, very close."

Carrie B (306)
Tuesday October 29, 2013, 11:24 pm
This is nothing more than a "stunt" to promote the slaughter of wolves ~ in my opinion.

Athena F (131)
Wednesday October 30, 2013, 3:14 am
Promote fear and they will kill them all. :(

Danuta W (1249)
Wednesday October 30, 2013, 3:51 am

Tanya W (65)
Wednesday October 30, 2013, 6:28 am
I have never heard of such things! Seems like overkill!

. (0)
Wednesday October 30, 2013, 6:44 am
I've never heard of those things. Thanks for sharing, Carrie.

Ruth C (87)
Wednesday October 30, 2013, 8:05 am
This is the first time I hear about something like this!

Theodore Shayne (56)
Wednesday October 30, 2013, 9:53 am
It's not wolves that the kids would need protection from. It's coyotes that are the problem. Wolves avoid people whenever possible. Wolves don't bother livestock when their natural food sources are plentiful.
Coyotes lose their fear of us when we don't defend ourselves or threaten them with their lives. Coyotes are opportunists and will kill livestock for sheer sport and then not eat it.
How about getting rid of all these old wive's tales about wolves for starters.

Sharon Talbot (0)
Wednesday October 30, 2013, 10:29 am
Though coyotes have less fear of humans (I mean, we ARE the apex predator when we're on land!), they are still not as dangerous as animals like fishers or especially DOGS! We lived in a very rural, wooded area of Central Mass., with many coyotes. NO ATTACKS on any kids or adult humans. However, my kid was charged at least FOUR Times by a supposedly "trained" family dog in the neighborhood! I've been attacked by more "domestic" dogs than I can count, over the years, while doing nothing more than taking a walk or cycling. If hunters want to shoot something that bad, let be attack dogs...or better yet, the stupid humans who made them that way! I'd even give 'em a head start. Hell, we're all letting polluters kill off our species anyway...

Arlene Mary Baladi (40)
Wednesday October 30, 2013, 11:06 am
Wolves usually won't attack humans...this is pure bs in my opinion. Peace, Light and Love.

Jessica O (9)
Wednesday October 30, 2013, 12:25 pm
Never had any problems where we live. There are many wolves and coyotes, they run away when they see you. Especially the wolf runs away, coyote....I mean pack of coyotes I wouldn't trust in a hungry season though.

Terrie W (798)
Wednesday October 30, 2013, 12:44 pm
What utter BS. Wolves run scarce of humans, unless in a pack and they are hungry. Small children may seem easy pickings to them but all it would take would be for a child or several children at the stop to bang books together of scream at the top of their lungs and they would scatter. I've done it. We have coyotes here IN TOWN where we live, they come up to the back fences looking for easy food sources. They are, so far, easy to scare away. Wolves won't go for humans unless they are injured, old or rogue. Even then, if they feel they are in peril, they will vanish without attacking.
It's not the kids who need to be in cages, it's the parents and officials who are ignorant or kill-crazy who don;t understand wildlife, and REFUSE to get educated about it.

Sheila D (194)
Wednesday October 30, 2013, 1:44 pm
It's hunters, farmers, and ranchers that perpetuate the myths of wolves, that spew lies to feed the fear many have had since children listening to Little Red Riding Hood.

Carlene V (202)
Wednesday October 30, 2013, 2:08 pm
If there is a real danger I think it would be OK, but I doubt a wolf would attack a child, they are leery of humans. Somehow I think ranchers are behind this bit of trash.

bob m (32)
Saturday November 2, 2013, 12:34 pm

hope they're bullet proof .. and locked too .. lonely old Leroy down the line ya know.
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