As an appreciator of wolves, I’ve found them to be misunderstood and mysterious animals. It’s inspired me to come up with a blogging series about the annual cycle of wolves. For every season I’ll be focusing on how a wolf lives and how they respond to the changing environment. Winter is a time for keeping warm, whether through finding shelter or curling up. Wolf activity during winter is less vigorous than other seasons.
When we think of wolves we have an image of a pack loping through the trees, hunting together and howling at the moon. But wolves are a diverse species and not all of them are the same. One of the most elusive types are the coastal wolves found on the shore of Canada’s Vancouver Island. Also known as sea wolves, this population of gray wolf is known to feed on salmon, river otters, seals and whale carcasses.
It began in a distant place
caught between a life with potential
and an uncertain future
the cub wandered with the pack
he’d always known
He loped with them
into asphalt jungles
howled with them
at concrete moons
until the day they left
him to fend for himself
The cub was alone
so he spent his days
searching for meaning
for something to make
him whole again
He found his wolf brother
who saved him from
a prison of his own creation
who never led him astray
The wolf brothers hunted
their dreams together
they chased opportunity
feasted upon silver linings
filled their bellies
with a love for life
They made a pack of their own
and the cub was reminded
that blood didn’t make you family
it comes from those who fight
beside you and are still there
when the dust settles
An emergency conservation petition has been put forward to protect red wolves in the USA after a study showed the population has declined by over 50% in the last two years. There are now only 45 to 60 red wolves living in the wild and they are threatened by hunters who mistake them for coyotes.
Campaigning to protect endangered species is a long, laborious process that involves hard work, sacrifice and the ability to keep moving forward. April 26th 2016 will be marked as a day when hard work paid off for, thanks to the efforts of several wolf conservation groups and environmental organisations. The coalition were able to successfully coerce the US Fish and Wildlife Service into preparing a recovery plan for Mexican gray wolves by November 2017.
Wolves have a reputation for being misunderstood and in some parts of the world they still face challenges. An example of this can be found in Oregon where ODFW (Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife) headed by Governor Kate Brown has endangered wolf recovery due to political backing from the livestock industry.
In this installment of Acts Of Charity I’ll be looking at The UK Wolf Conservation Trust, a charity started in 1995 that aims to promote conservation and public awareness of wolves and their habitats. Through their efforts the UKWT hopes to improve the chances of survival for wolves around the world and run education programs so the next generation does their part to help these sublime creatures.
The happiness of animals is imperative, so seeing wolves frolic is always wonderful to see. Be sure to sign this petition as well to help support wolf recovery in Oregon.
Loving dogs must mean, surely, loving and protecting our wolves.
In yesterday’s post, George Dvorsky wrote:
Unlike a certain companion animal that will go unnamed, dogs lose their minds when reunited with their owners. But it’s not immediately obvious why our canine companions should grant us such an over-the-top greeting—especially considering the power imbalance that exists between the two species. We spoke to the experts to find out why.
Call of the Wild
In order to gain an appreciation for dog behavior, it’s important to understand that dogs are descended from wolves (or at least a common wolf-like ancestor). Clearly, the two species, separated by about 10,000 to 15,000 years, share a lot in common.
That reference to wolves seemed like as good a reason as any to write further about…
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The other night I had a dream. I was walking through a field and a wolf jumped out in front of him. This made me think about the link between animals and the spiritual world and whether my dream had been more than just coincidence.
In some cultures animals are revered for their connection to nature and shamanistic qualities. The term ‘Power Animals’ originated from The Way of the Shaman by Michael Harner in 1980. Power animals are associated with achieving success and for understanding the nature of a particular emotion. How does one go about finding one’s spirit animal? What does it mean to have a tiger or a bear watching over you as a guide?