Bah Humbug. Bornakk says:
The spirit beasts are not the real issue from our perspective. We this spirit beasts are doing fine and we don’t want them to be the only choice for BM hunters since speccing BM should give a player more choices for pets (ideally) and not less.
The problem mainly lies with the wolf just being overpowered. We did consider nerfing them for patch 3.3 but decided that the nerf to pretty much all hunter PvE dps was not worth the benefit of providing more options for pets. Keep in mind though that we have and will continue to make unpopular or even controversial nerfs if we feel they are a benefit for the game.
It may not be great for raiding but is still good for leveling while both Marks and Surv are competitive for raiding. I wouldn’t expect any big changes for now.
I’m glad wolves didn’t get a nerf for christmas, however reading between the lines, it looks like Blizzard feels our DPS might need a bit of a boost. They really hate it when one pet is clearly superior to all others, so the fact that they chose not to nerf wolves speaks volumes. That said, be prepared to have to pick another pet soon. Here’s hoping I can find a level 80 version of it ;)