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A Howling Success: Encounters With Yellowstone's Wolves

Offbeat  (tags: yellowstone wolves, journey, sighting, beatutiful, endangered )

- 3180 days ago -
The first wolf howl is special. It certainly makes you look up. I won't claim that it made the hair stand up on the back of my neck. I will say it was eerie and beautiful and utterly unforgettable. A second howl came, and maybe a third.


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Sharon Richardson (9)
Friday October 29, 2010, 9:46 pm
What a wonderful story! thanks Simone

Past Member (0)
Saturday October 30, 2010, 5:01 am
Amazing, very informative, beautiful pictures and great video. For some of us, it will only be seen by the mind eye. Thank you, for sharing your story!

Tracy Cruze (111)
Saturday October 30, 2010, 12:13 pm
Thank you for the story, I always appreciate a good one... There is far too many bad ones out there.

Past Member (0)
Saturday October 30, 2010, 12:17 pm
Love wolves. I have the priviledge of howling with an Artic wolf named Kenai on my morning walks at the San Diego Zoo. His brother, Keeli, sometimes answers. He hangs out with a North American timber wolf also and some domestic dogs. All are rescues, even the dogs. It's a real thrill. He howls and I howl with him, then he comes over to greet me with a smile.

Ana Fontan (16)
Saturday October 30, 2010, 12:53 pm
Thanks for this amazing story!

Shrryl m (23)
Saturday October 30, 2010, 2:15 pm
Beautiful story! Brought tears of joy to my eyes..

Irene Leggett (0)
Saturday October 30, 2010, 2:15 pm
Thanks for sharing. Long may the USA keep its wolves, bison and wild horses, all great icons of your history. Treasure them while you can.

Ana F (128)
Saturday October 30, 2010, 2:16 pm

Past Member (0)
Saturday October 30, 2010, 2:32 pm
Beautiful. I haven't read anything that lovely about dogs or wolves since reading 'White Fang'.

Kate Kenner (215)
Saturday October 30, 2010, 4:04 pm
When my daughter was young went somewhere where they had wolves and did educational sessions about the, It was so beautiful. I got very emotional knowing about the bias and violence against them and also how beautiful they are. A lucky man to have visited and an even luckier one to have grown up in Yellowstone.

Lisa Zarafonetis (168)
Saturday October 30, 2010, 4:44 pm

Alexandra Rodda (180)
Saturday October 30, 2010, 5:01 pm
My grandmother told me the story of her encounter with a wolf. She was four years old at the time, so it must have been in 1892. Her father was mowing the hay and she wandered into the forest. What she thought was a dog came and played with her. They both chased butterflies and she cuddled the wolf and it licked her. Then her father came looking for her and chased the wolf away with his scythe.
There are probably a couple of factors that made this possible. One is that the high, rounded forehead and the relatively big eyes of a child evoke parental feelings in most mammals. This works across different species.
The other factor would be that it was summer and the wolf probably was not hungry.
It is a very special thing to have an encounter with a wild creature such as a wolf.
The people who have had the opportunity to experience the wolf watch in Yellowstone are lucky.
It is difficult to understand that there are people who want to see wolves destroyed altogether.

Laura H (950)
Saturday October 30, 2010, 5:07 pm
THANK you SO much for sharing Alexandra-a GREEN star to you!

Wolves are awesome, beautiful, special...those so called 'humans' who want to destroy the wolves are evil..that is how I feel. There MUST be someting VERY wrong with them!

Karen B (8)
Saturday October 30, 2010, 8:26 pm

Matloob ul Hasan (81)
Saturday October 30, 2010, 8:52 pm
Noted, thanks.

CollieGirl cg (26)
Saturday October 30, 2010, 10:10 pm
I have heard wolves when camping in Northern Ontario. Beautiful. No other word to describe it. When I die I want to to be left where the wolves howl.

Past Member (0)
Saturday October 30, 2010, 11:17 pm
Wow, I'd love to go there and see them, lovely creatures! Thanks :)

Justin R (0)
Sunday October 31, 2010, 7:57 am
Great writing!

Eco-tourism = future. Hunting = destruction forever!

Shirley H (49)
Sunday October 31, 2010, 9:47 am
Thanks for a lovely read. I Love Yellowstone and especially the wolves.
Shirley H.

. (0)
Sunday October 31, 2010, 3:05 pm
Great news.

Mary T (178)
Sunday October 31, 2010, 10:32 pm
Thanks for sharing this wonderful story, it was a really interesting story about wolves they have been my passion to save them for 20 years and still fighting for them.

Roberto Vivas (48)
Tuesday November 2, 2010, 7:53 pm
Noted,great story

Dianne D (490)
Thursday November 4, 2010, 7:57 pm
I would love to hear a wolf howl. I hope these wolves stay in the park and are protected forever.
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