Where Wolves Howl….

I chose to live where wolves howl. To be close to these amazing animals is where I want to be.

One particular incident illustrates the love I have for wolf country.  My dog and I were hiking at twilight near a stream several years ago. I won’t say where, because I  live a private life but it was not too far from my home.  My dog was on high alert and I knew wolves were afoot. I could feel their presence before the howling began.  A lone howl rang out across the stream bed, joined very quickly by another, then another. Very soon we were surrounded by howls. My dog joined in, connecting with his primal self. Soon I decided to join the fray. It was my idea of wolf heaven.

The wolves were communicating with each other the way they’ve done for thousands of years and my dog and I were allowed  to be part of it.  The wolves did not show themselves physically.  They are shy animals due to persecution by man. All the bold wolves have been selected out. The ones that remain usually want nothing to do with the two-legged creature who walks upright and kills them and their families. But on this particular twilight I like to think they knew we meant them no harm and were willing to share a little part of themselves with us.  I will always remember that evening, even though I’ve had other encounters with wolves over the years. I don’t own a spotting scope and wolves are notoriously hard to spot without one, except of course in Yellowstone, where they are habituated to humans, making them doubly vulnerable should there be another wolf hunt this fall. The mighty Yellowstone Cottonwood pack fell to hunter’s bullets precisely because they did not view humans as a threat. Big mistake.

I  think about what will happen if the wolf hunts proceed this fall.  We are once again facing the loss of hundreds of wolves to human blood lust. I want to tell my wolf friends to run for cover to the national parks and stay there until the shooting stops but wolves have territories and they will defend them. They don’t understand the danger they’re  in. Right now they’re raising their pups, being the best parents and family members they can possibly be. Many of those pups will never live to adulthood.

The people that are bent on wolves’ destruction are robbing me and others of the joy of hearing and seeing wild wolves. If they are allowed to kill off  wolves in the Northern Rockies, we may never hear the howl of a wolf again. The thought makes me sad beyond measure. I treasure my encounters with wolves. I want to have many more, as I know other wolf advocates, conservationists and wildlife advocates do as well.

Where wolves howl we can feel truly free!

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  1. Simply beautiful. Thank you.

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    • You’re welcome Leila, it came from the heart.

      For the wolves, For the wild ones,
      Nabeki

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  2. Thank you,Nabeki,for the glimpse of a memory you had and still have, about hearing wolves howling while walking with your dog.Since my state doesn’t have wolves,the howls,for me,are heared only in my heart and in my dreams.

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    • You are so welcome Rita. I wanted to share that with my wolf friends so you know that as bad as things seem right now, the wolves are out there and we have to continue to fight for them. The howl of a wolf is truly one of the most exhilarating sounds heard in the wild anywhere.

      For the wolves, For the wild ones,
      Nabeki

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    • Nabeki, your beautiful essay inspires me.
      I want to live in an America where wolves are welcome, worthy of appreciation for their invaluable presence upon the landscape. I want to see wolves, join in their vocal symphony like you. For me, the sweet sound of wolf song would be a sacred prayer upon the wind. The mere sighting of their paw prints in the dirt, would be to witness the fulfillment of a solemn vow made long ago to the earth; the wolf’s devotion to his principal service to nature…a nature we all share.

      Sadly, I live in a state that is painfully bereft of the presence of the mighty Wolf in the wild. In fact, I’m not sure how long it has been since that fateful time, their only remaining vestige is a sanctuary several miles away. Unfortunately, I haven’t been able to share time with them, look into their eye…call them kindred…or simply commune in silence while reveling in the proximity of such a magnificent animal.

      Recently, a friend visited and shared her pictures. I was thrilled beyond words,although I have adopted several wolves across country, this was different, it was so close. Their distinctive faces each told a story, as their body language conveyed an eagerness to connect, a trust not an option for their wild brethren. One particular wolf stood out, a beautiful silvery gray with tan markings, poised with all the nobility and strength of his species. Yet there was something within the intensity of his gaze that I could not deny. To assign a human emotion, I would say he looked rather pensive looking through his chain link fence, and I could only wonder what had held his attention captive. It was there, within that vivid presence of his eyes, where something survived the brutality and lackluster concern of man. A vital intelligence mingled with a vivacious spirit…and that spirit deserved to roam freely. Then it hit me with an undeniable force, although loved and well provided for, he was also captive. And I cursed the virulence of a society that impoverishes any entity such as this, dooming them to an unfulfilled destiny.

      Dedicated caregivers of the Wolf worldwide deserve our eternal gratitude, providing love, excellent shelter and care for the wolves. Although sadly, they can never offer the wolves that one thing we all wish most for them: the freedom that taunts wolves from behind fences or beyond cages. Alas, if only that were their sole barrier to genuine freedom. But that freedom is a gift of our hearts, and we owe it to the wolf to put aside our bias just long enough to learn to make room, and then willingly share it with him.

      I urge everyone, wherever you live, find the nearest spaces where wolves roam…or wolf sanctuary. Visit the wolves, spend time with them, listen to their story…they long to share it. You will recognize it when you look into their eyes and connect with that part of yourself that has been lost…perhaps almost forgotten. However you choose, become one with the Wolf.

      This is my prayer every day: In my heart and mind I envision wolves running free without man’s interference or persecution, living their lives in balance with all of nature, while bringing balance to that very nature…as it was intended. I release that prayer out into the world, believing in my heart it will come to pass. Knowing instinctively within my spirit, that it must, if we are to survive as a species ourselves, for so like the Wolf, are we.

      What is it about human nature? Those who have something precious either don’t realize it and many times don’t even care. While those who don’t have access are left to question…why others don’t get it… wishing they could trade places, if only for one day. Why do we always fall short of the mark, and why do we not truly appreciate what we have, until it’s too late. Until inconsolable, we lose something precious and mourn in retrospect the value of its significance, always our lives are forever changed, yet never for the better.

      We are with the wolf in heart and spirit…every step of the way. Tragically, many wolves may lose their lives, but never their voices…for that voice lives on in us…and through us. This battle is not over by any means, no matter how long it takes we will persist and will not abandon our kindred.

      HOOOOOOOWLS!!!!!

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      • Nabeki, something else to share…a friend has brought it to my attention. Have you seen this..it is excellent, a gift of Wild Earth Guardians. Hope this link works.

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      • Wonderful!!!!

        N.

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      • And this:

        http://missoulian.com/news/local/article_e1aeb1e4-8422-11e0-8828-001cc4c002e0.html

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      • This is what bothers me WL. There is no magic number. Wolves are self regulating and should be allowed to control their own numbers. While the “scientists” are arguing about the “magic number” wolf hunts are being planned designed to knock the wolf population down to levels that are so low they will never be close to the force they are now. If we can’t stop these hunts. wolves as we know them will not roam free in Montana and Idaho ever again in the same numbers. They will be used as target practice, hardly any life at all. If I had a wish it would be to go back in time and not carry out the reintroduction. It has only bringing them misery and pain. They are not game animals and should not be treated as such. We have done wolves a terrible wrong.

        For the wolves, For the wild ones,
        Nabeki

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  3. I have also met the Wolves and one in particular – these were not wild anymore – humans had broken their Spirit and now they lived in a Sanctuary – as close as possible to what they were used to and where they should have lived. I loved this Story – and there is never a reason to be afraid of Wolf – they need to be afraid of MEN. Yes – it is so sad and I to dread the coming Seasons until one year there will me no more Songs coming from Wolves. Once you have looked deep into the Eyes of a Wolf you have seen your own Soul – you have seen his pain and we as humans have done – but your Life will never be the same because that one long gaze into such a beautiful Soul you will never forget.

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    • Morrigan… I see the wolves as wild dogs. They are dogs that hunt for their supper. Our domestic dogs stay child like, we provide for them their whole lives. Those are the differences to me. Wolves are so similar in their behavior to dogs because dogs are really house wolves. All the traits we admire in wolves we’ve kept in our dogs. If you look at wolves they are really no different in their appearance then malamutes, who have large heads like wolves, Wolves are very tall with big feet, narrower muzzles, and larger brains. Wolves are rarely people aggressive like dogs can be, they are dog aggressive because they defend their territories. The disconnect between people that hate wolves but love their dogs is so puzzling to me.

      For the wolves, For the wild ones,
      Nabeki

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  4. Wolf Nabeki, profoundly poignant and soulful dear sister. Yours is the soul of the Ancients….the long lost and almost forgotten call of the wild within us all…our natural heritage. Sadly, we have become too acclimated to convenience to remember the sweet sound as it caresses our hearts, and our ears. May we once again reclaim that wilderness within,embrace it,accept it as the vital force of life itself, nurture and protect it…truly celebrating its song. Thank you from the very depths of my heart for this treasured gift that you have shard. And may you/we all ways walk in bliss, and with the Wolves…wherever we are to roam. I look forward to many many more wonderful opportunities to share in your experiences. I can hear the Wolf speaking through you…and it touches me deeply. Keep the faith.

    Blessings….heart hugs & howls.

    Brea

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    • Dear Brea (WL),
      Thank your for your kind and moving words. We must stay united in our battle to save wolves. It’s been a long, hard journey, we are all weary from the battle, It seems never ending but I’m always moved by the wolves credo and what it truly means.

      WOLF CREDO

      •Repect The Elders

      •Teach the Young

      •Cooperate With The Pack

      •Play When You Can

      •Hunt When You Must

      •Rest In-Between

      •Share your affections

      •Voice your feelings

      •Leave your mark.

      …Del Goetz 1988

      For the wolves, For the wild ones,
      Nabeki

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  5. Todos los animales deben ser protegidos . Todos .

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  6. Nabeki … do you need an adopted daughter? lol Would love to live where you are @. It sounds beautiful, peaceful & full of Mother Earths wonderful creatures. I have never been lucky enough to see a wolf. I hope that I someday will. Right now I am taking care of 3 little orphaned opossums. Mama got hit by a car 😦 . Unfortunately Mama & 3 other siblings did not make it. I just LOVE doing stuff like this. It heals my heart. Hope you r well.

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    • That is very sweet of you Ramses, not many people do that. will you keep them as pets then??

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    • Lol ramses, yes I will adopt you, you can bring your little opossums with you too.

      It is a beautiful place ramses but we are also very close to the upcoming wolf hunts which is extremely sad and stressful. I do feel blessed to live in the Northern Rockies but at the same time very sad at the turn of events.

      How sweet of you to be caring for the little possums, they must be adorable. So unfortunate that their mother and sibs didn’t make it but they are very lucky to have you!!

      Thank you for sharing that with us and thank you for caring enough to do the wonderful thing you are doing.

      For the wolves, For the little opposums,
      Nabeki

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  7. We should be hearing about legal action soon- court papers had to be in by the end of the Month.

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    • He is moving very quickly on it g….

      For the wolves, For the wild ones,
      Nabeki

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    • Thanks for sharing Jon…a little good news is a breath of fresh air for sure.

      For the wolves, For the wild ones,
      Nabeki

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      • Hi Nabeki, do you know anything about what is going on in Nm? They are trying to get public land trapping banned and it looks like it just might. people and their pets are running into these traps and getting hurt. trappers care nothing for people or their beloved pets.

        http://taosnews.com/articles/2011/05/24/news/doc4ddc0082a3677706991319.txt

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      • Thank you Jon for sharing. This was very good news:

        “Commission Nicklos Jaramillo agreed. “Now we’ve got people that come down here that like to venture into our mountains. It appears that these people (trappers) have very little due regard for other humans, much less the animal,” Jaramillo said.

        No one at the hearing spoke in favor of trapping.”

        For the wolves, For the wild ones,
        Nabeki

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  8. Nabeki – I felt like I was there with you…if only I could have one magical night like that, with my grandchildren…..I could die in peace..Thank you, many howls!

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    • I was hoping for that connection Linda because I wanted to really share that moment with everyone. I felt nothing but joy surrounded by howling wolves. They are my heart.

      For the wolves, For the wild ones,
      Nabeki

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  9. Where wolves howl we can feel truly free.. This words of you Dear Nabeki capture my heart their song will be heard no matter what…

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    • Thank you so much Vasileios…it came from my heart.

      For the wolves, For the wild ones,
      Nabeki

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