So I was up to the library today conducting research and stumbled across a diary from Andrew Allen, spring 1848, who reported,
"When vegetation sprang up the people many of them had to go to the poraryes to seak roots to eat, such as wild unions and thistles roots those were not pleasant but hunger made them good. There ware some to my knowledg eat large white wolves. It accured at the hird ground where a brother had cooked some of a large white wolf (He had caught in a trap) to get the oyl and at night the brethren that ware getting wood there came to the camp at night to stop over and thay eat all the meat he had cooked, I sea that my self."
The eating of wolves is not unheard of in Mormon history. Early pioneer Priddy Meeks also noted eating wolves in 1848. Rescuers to the Willie handcart company also ate wolves before making it back to SLC the following spring. There are likely other wolf-eating adventures I haven't stumbled across yet.
Most of you have probably heard of this craze sweeping the nation, where people read my blog and then try to faithfully recreate the food adventures that I uncover from our not-so-recent history. Well... although wuffs have recently been delisted from the Endangered Species list of protected animals, I still wouldn't recommend killing a wuff just for a recreation of this adventure. Similarly, if you were to try to get a feral dog from the pound, the adoption fees would put the price of meat up to more than $50/pound if you got a smaller breed. Naturally, a larger breed such as a German Shepherd would be more cost effective. Even so, still pretty pricey. You might instead try asking for a lead at your local Asian market, or your Philippino neighbor. Happy hunting!
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