A week ago I had the opportunity of a lifetime. To walk and interact with a wolf.
Myself and a few others spent a delightful hour walking through the woods with Tundra and her owner, Gary. At one point she leaned against me so I gently massaged her back, when I stopped, she turned around and she gently put a paw on my leg. She wanted more. I had been accepted. If I had any concerns up to that point, they were now gone.
This was not just a hands on experience. Gary educated us as to the part the wolf plays in the environment. Their history, hunting strategies, benefits, misconceptions and the role they played in the lives of the indigenous peoples of British Columbia.
Tundra was born in 2007 and acquired by Gary when she was 3 weeks old.
For the past 10 years. he has been conducting presentations on wolves for schools and community groups. Over that time period he has seen over 10,000 students and teachers.
From his website he says, “It is my hope that I can meet the challenge set out by L. David Mech, one of the world’s preeminent wolf biologists.”
“I hope I can help other people to see the wolf for what it is: one more magnificent species, superbly adapted to contend with its harsh environment, and highly deserving of our understanding and acceptance.”
My next adventure with wolves? A wolf howl. Stay tuned. Cheers.