Wolf Spirit

| 3/14/2018 12:00:00 AM

Country MoonFew animals touch our hearts and speak to our spirit like the wolf does. For centuries they have been symbols of guardianship, ritual, loyalty and spirit. Wolves have the ability to make quick and firm emotional attachments and to trust their own instincts. They teach us to do the same, to trust our hearts and minds and to have control over our own lives.

Perhaps our fascination with them stems from what their very being symbolizes to us. They are free creatures, living in the wild, unencumbered with life's dramas. They embrace life's freedoms that were meant for all of us.

Beyond their mystical side, wolves also have a dark side, a side to be feared. They are sometimes portrayed as creatures of nightmares, fanged beasts who lurk in dark forests. This is a bad rep that they have acquired; most of the time they only kill to survive. We credit this fear of the wolf to the Europeans who brought this fear with them.

At one time, wolves populated all of North America but, as they became the hunted, their populations dwindled. In 1600 the North American gray wolf population hovered around 2 million and today they number 65,000 and the world population stands at 150,000. Wolves were the first animals to be placed on the United States Endangered Species list in 1973. The last wolf in Yellowstone Park was killed in 1926 and in 1995 wolves were reintroduced. After ten years, 136 wolves roamed the park in 13 wolf packs.

New wolf
Photo by Getty Images/KenCanning

Whether they are mystical creatures or not, both red and gray wolves have distinctive characteristics that set them apart from any other animal. Some of these stats give them an almost "human" side:

3/20/2018 9:23:46 AM

Lois, great post about wolves. You make me want to go howl at the moon. Just kidding but the free spirit concept is indeed one to be considered. So many are trapped in a stressful job confined to a small cubical. Fortunately, my last 20 years before I retired required me to roam the city at night fixing technical problems with the phone systems. Life was much more stress free for me. Have a great first day of Spring. It's snowing here in Nebraska. Nebraska Dave

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