Animal Planet Cancels Man-Eating Super Wolves Show

Program Nominated for Scat Award by

International Wolf Center

Contact: Tom Myrick, communications director

Office: 763-560-7374 , ext. 225

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Following sharp public criticism, Animal Planet removed its Man-Eating Super Wolves show from previously scheduled air times on Tuesday evening, May 27, and Wednesday, May 28.  The program was a part of the special series Monster Week, which routinely demonizes real and imagined predators.

“The show was irresponsible,” said the Center’s Executive Director Rob Schultz. “Producers blended distorted facts, fabricated details and unreliable resources to confuse the public and incite fear and hatred of wolves.”

It is because of these damaging distortions that Man-Eating Super Wolves has been nominated for the Center’s 2014 Scat Award, given for the worst portrayal of wolves in the media, literature or cinema.
“Left unchecked, these distortions can cause people to make poor and misinformed decisions that affect the future of wolves living in the wild,” Schultz explained.

Renowned Senior Research Scientist and wolf expert L. David Mech, of the U.S. Geological Survey, denounced the program as “Total nonsense and a real disservice to the wolf, to science, and to the public.

Mech, who has spent his 55-year career studying wolves in many areas of the world, says that the program is one of the most sensationalistic, exaggerations of the real wolf that he has ever seen.

“If wolves were so dangerous to humans,” Mech asked, “how have Minnesotans canoeing and hiking survived throughout the Superior National Forest and other parts of northern Minnesota, where some 2,500 or 3,000 wolves roam?  Or throughout most of Canada, where an estimated 60,000 wolves live?”

Photo Caption: Mech takes behavioral notes on an arctic wolf during a research expedition.  He carries no gun and never felt he needed to do so.

“Wolf attacks on humans are uncommon and extremely rare,” says Schultz. “To suggest that wolves have consumed all of their natural prey and are beginning to feed on humans is ridiculous and demonstrates a lack of understanding of our natural world.”

The Scat Award was last given to the movie The Grey in 2013. 

2013 Scat Award

   The International Wolf Center advances the survival of wolf populations by teaching about wolves, their relationship to wildlands and the human role in their future.


13 thoughts on “Animal Planet Cancels Man-Eating Super Wolves Show

  1. Cattle and calf losses from animal predators in 2010 – seemingly the latest figures from USDA:
    Cattle deaths due to animal predators equaled 5.5 percent of the total deaths from all causes and resulted in a loss of $98.5 million to farmers and ranchers. Coyotes and
    dogs caused the majority of cattle and calf predator losses accounting for 53.1 percent and 9.9 percent respectively.

    Cattle and calf losses from NON-PREDATOR CAUSES totaled 3.77 million head or 94.5 % of the total losses during 2010.

    Deaths claimed due to:
    Coyotes: 116,700
    Mountain lions bobcats, lynx: 18,900
    Dogs: 21,800
    Vultures [! mm Living in the west and watching vultures, I find ranchers’ claims pretty ridiculous/greedy/milking the system – Take your choice]: 11,900
    Wolves: 8,100
    Bears: 2,800
    Other predators: 12,400
    Unknown: 27,300

    total due to animal predation = 219,900

    Digestive problems 505,000
    Respiratory problems 1,055,000
    Metabolic problems 59,800
    Mastitis 62,000
    Lameness/injury 140,900
    Other diseases 179,500
    Weather related 489,000
    Calving problems 494,000
    Poisoning 36,100
    Theft 15,100
    Other non-predator 301,600
    Unknown non-predator 435,000

    Total non-predator 3,773,000

    Wolves take, if claims are to be believed, .2 percent! one in near 500. Only bears and vegans eat less meat than wolves.

    • Yeah wolves are very little and big wolf hunts …. Why big deal.. Not surprise many who hate wolves so much.. 😢

  2. Wow! I love the little scat award trophy! I wonder if I can get a volume discount. I need a whole bunch for the Idaho governor, the majority of Idaho legislators, the perverts on the Idaho Fish and Game Commission, and the kill advocates and implementers in the Fish and Game Department. I wish I owned some land near the state Capitol. I would love to erect a giant version of the trophy dedicated to all the deranged killers. A new tourist attraction!

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