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In 1713, the town of Eastham, much vexed by the depredations of wolves, foxes, and deer, voted that “Three pounds bounty be paid in addition to what is allowed by the Province Law for every head of grown wolves.”

A wolf head a day would thus provide a Cape Cod “head hunter” with an excellent financial return for his work. The wolves were so numerous at that time that it is said the people seriously considered erecting a high fence across the head of the Cape, somewhere in the vicinity of what is now Cape Cod Canal, to keep wolves from getting into their territory.

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Posted by Cape Cod - (website) on 02/07/06
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