I will start by saying something that people will either agree with or not: I sort of like animals better than people.
Now, I know this may not look very nice. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t hang out in the forest like Snow White talking to chippy birds and deer in order to avoid all human contact. But when I see senseless acts against animals and people, it makes me think. They were here long before us, so why can’t we co-exist as they do? Perhaps it’s not so black and white, maybe it just gets a bit gray.
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I came across an article from the New York Times about one specific animal that has harnessed itself into the heart of nature, history, and those who truly care. The beautiful, unique, yet mysterious gray wolf is now the current star of Nate Blakeslee’s new book, American Wolf: A True Story of Survival and Obsession in the West. O-Six (her birthday) is the female alpha in Yellowstone National Park who was spotted by visitors and soon became viral. The gorgeous mammal commands the rough and picturesque valleys of Yellowstone while watching after her pups.
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It was only in the 90s that wolves were reintroduced to Yellowstone and so far their population has grown as the packs claim safe land to raise their families. However, Blakeslee’s book focuses on both the good and the bad. The wolves, who are known to mate for life and adopt the pups of other deceased pack members, are constantly challenged. Whether it be a lack of a food source or man’s many acts of hunting, pushing into their territory, and other pollution of their ecosystems, these wondrous creatures already have troubles on their tails no matter where they are.
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Blakeslee writes about the decline of the wolf population over the years, discussing the whys and hows. We get a novelistic feel for something that’s right here in our face. Gray wolves are already on the endangered species list and to have them dwindle away would be absolutely devastating to way more than just Yellowstone.
This book acts as the spotlight we need on an animal that’s so vital to nature. The time to listen to those eerie, yet life-changing howls is now. And for those who want to help, try this link to the World Wildlife Fund. For $55 you can adopt a gray wolf and get a bundle of gifts in return for your donation. It also makes the perfect holiday gift for the animal lover in your life. I’ve done it for narwhals, polar bears, puffins, penguins, and wombats. Any species could use the help. And I’m really still convinced my old Siberian Husky was part wolf.
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Either way, check out Blakeslee’s book and listen to the ones who don’t have a voice.
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