Big, bad wolf used to earn you big bucks


wolfReceiptA receipt from 1778 shows that Abner Ally, a New Hampshire hunter who nailed a grown male wolf, was paid 10 pounds, according to the Rauner Special Collections Library blog.

It may not sound like much, but 10 pounds was comparable to the annual wage of a sergeant in the British  army, the library says.

New England farmers were keen to get rid of the predator, Rebecca Onion notes in Slate’s The Vault.

In 1778, New Hampshire passed a bill to encourage the eradication of the big, bad wolf. Kill an adult or whelp, bring the head to a constable, collect the money. A whelp would earn you 5 pounds.

Ally cashed in his receipt the next year.