The wolf in the image is called Teva. She's my personal headdress. She and her sister were both removed from a population in Southeast Alaska by a friend of mine who works with the State Fish and Wildlife Department in population control.
Once Teva was tanned so that she could not rejoin the Earth, I purchased her to make her into the headdress above. Due to some damage to the leather and a missing rear foot, her hide was not deemed suitable for traditional taxidermy and would be otherwise bound for the fur market to be made into clothing instead.
She is the first wolf I ever mounted, and Iím very pleased with the way she turned out considering. From start to finish, it seemed that Tevaís creation from tanned pelt to finished headdress came together like a dream.
Photography by Teddy Anderson. Editing and taxidermy by me.
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I would like to apologize for the comments I posted earlier. Yes, they are my opinion but I have no right to slap my thoughts all over your page without even thinking of your feelings, especially posting as big a comment as I did. I have been thinking about this all day, and I feel horrible for just now realizing how insanely rude it was of me to post those. I really should have thought harder before I did what I did, and I hope I don't make this mistake again in the future.
I absolutely understand if you don't forgive me, and feel free to cover up any of my comments. Sorry again
There are groups, like Friends of the Northern Yellowstone Elk Herd, who maintain that wolves should not be protected because they kill too many elk. Here's how friendly the Friends of the Northern Yellowstone Elk Herd is: they are such good friends with the elk that they want to eliminate the elk's major natural predator...so there are more elk for the Friends to shoot, with their guns. This is a hunting organization that is annoyed that a natural ecosystem is making it difficult for them to shoot the animals they want to shoot. In many of the Big Sky states, this is how hunting legislation gets written: with input and political pressure from hunters. Stop listening to hunters. Listen to scientists.
Furthermore, there is a great deal of evidence that wolves are actually good for the long-term health of the Yellowstone ecosystem, which is something you certainly can't say about hunters. Wolves prey on the weak and enfeebled; by culling the elk herd in this way, the remaining elk tend to be stronger and healthier, with less competition for resources. Wolves certainly do not pose any kind of long-term threat to the Yellowstone elk, unlike hunters, who prefer to shoot the strongest and most glorious elk they can find, because this is how you measure your worth if you are the type to measure your worth by your skill at shooting things with guns. Subsistence hunters, by the way, should be thankful for wolves, because subsistence hunters rely on strong and healthy herds, which wolves help maintain. This is how the planet works.
Oh, and without wolves, elk (and caribou and moose, if you go further north) experience crazy overpopulation, which is awful for the biological ecosystem, and further leads to a lack of resources which leads to a crash in population far worse than if there were wolves (and mountain lions, and bears) around to naturally cull the population. Wolves--even an unnaturally small population like that in Wyoming--are good for the environment, not bad.
Hunting to maintain natural order is sometimes required; in my home state of Pennsylvania, for example, there is a dangerous overpopulation of white-tailed deer. They have few natural predators, because we've shot them all (see: wolves, mountain lions), and there are more than the local ecosystem can handle. They damage forests by eating and trampling young plants, they wander into roads and get hit by cars because they encroach on human areas. They are dangerous, and there is a state program to cull them, in concert with scientific findings, to make sure there is a safe number of deer. Pennsylvania certainly isn't perfect, but that's the way this should be done.
There is no valid reason to make it legal to hunt wolves. Shooting wolves is bad for wolves, meaningless for livestock, bad for the environment, and bad for people. Conservation of individual species is incredibly difficult; we have done damage to our ecosystems, and they don't work as well as they should, and, yes, we need to find a way to keep it as healthy as possible given our own needs. And that's why we need to listen to scientists, not ranchers or hunters. We need to get the best data possible, run it through the best minds we can find, and make our laws in accordance with what will do the most good. We sure as hell shouldn't listen to a group that wants to shoot wolves on Tuesday so they can shoot elk on Wednesday.
There is no valid reason to make it legal to hunt wolves. Scientists, conversationalists and researchers have identified non-lethal alternatives that protect livestock and ranch animals without the unnecessary killing.
Hunters shoot what they can get with the limitations they have. Shows how much you know.
I should have noted you this instead of commenting it on your picture. Again, my apologies!
Noooo! That's not the way to pull out your arrow! You might break or bend the arrow like that... Just saying... XD
Great Picture though and grats on the DD. ^^
Eeeee, this is so awesome!
I like how you kept eyes, and the way the paws are tied around the neck is just asdfg, this is soooo COOOL.
Please take care of her. She will take care and protect you as long as you take good care of her.
It doesn't mean it doesn't creeps me out any less seeing heads on pelts (it just does), but I have a great deal of respect.
Maybe I'm weird, but I've always been fascinated by taxidermy ever since I was a little girl. I think she looks beautiful! Very cool job.
I never really liked Cow meat.
So I feel bad for cows.
I only like milk, and at least you
don't kill the cow for that. Poor things. D: