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Re: Have you ever seen a wolf?

Post by north_wolf » Sat Jun 22, 2019 9:05 am

I have seen more than one wolf! I've never seen one in captivity, unlike most of you hehe.
The first time I was 8 years old, hunting coyotes on our family farm. I turned around and looked up and there was a wolf 30 yards from me, just looking at me. I thought it was a giant coyote and didn't realize it was a wolf until years later when I learned more about canines. It ran off before I could shoot it, thankfully.
The second time we were hunting elk and were driving towards our hunting spot when a wolf darted in front of us on the road.
The third time, it was the middle of the night and I was sleeping on the roof of our ocean boat (I liked to look at the stars, I was about 12). We were along the Vancouver coast, where there's a lot of wolves. Anchored not far from the shore, I woke up randomly to growling and saw a white, dog-sized animal on the shore. Based on its movements and vocals I can only assume it was a wolf.
I have also seen a wolf on our own land, a beautiful tawny brown male. He disappeared quickly.
I have seen wolves on other occasions as well, but not as noteworthy as these ones. We're avid outdoors people and hunters, so I see a lot of wildlife. That first wolf meeting still sticks in my mind. I've seen grey, brown, tawny, and reddish wolves but never a pure black wolf. I've seen wolves that I thought at first were deer they were so big, and I've seen wolves that were small and disappeared quickly. No matter what EVERY time gives me goosebumps. I'm extremely blessed. I've also howled to, and heard, wolves howl, but only a couple of times.

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Re: Have you ever seen a wolf?

Post by DinoDogDude209 » Wed Jun 26, 2019 7:56 am

north_wolf wrote:
Sat Jun 22, 2019 9:05 am
I have seen more than one wolf! I've never seen one in captivity, unlike most of you hehe.
The first time I was 8 years old, hunting coyotes on our family farm. I turned around and looked up and there was a wolf 30 yards from me, just looking at me. I thought it was a giant coyote and didn't realize it was a wolf until years later when I learned more about canines. It ran off before I could shoot it, thankfully.
The second time we were hunting elk and were driving towards our hunting spot when a wolf darted in front of us on the road.
The third time, it was the middle of the night and I was sleeping on the roof of our ocean boat (I liked to look at the stars, I was about 12). We were along the Vancouver coast, where there's a lot of wolves. Anchored not far from the shore, I woke up randomly to growling and saw a white, dog-sized animal on the shore. Based on its movements and vocals I can only assume it was a wolf.
I have also seen a wolf on our own land, a beautiful tawny brown male. He disappeared quickly.
I have seen wolves on other occasions as well, but not as noteworthy as these ones. We're avid outdoors people and hunters, so I see a lot of wildlife. That first wolf meeting still sticks in my mind. I've seen grey, brown, tawny, and reddish wolves but never a pure black wolf. I've seen wolves that I thought at first were deer they were so big, and I've seen wolves that were small and disappeared quickly. No matter what EVERY time gives me goosebumps. I'm extremely blessed. I've also howled to, and heard, wolves howl, but only a couple of times.
You're very lucky! I'm sure that when hunting often in an area where wolves are around, you're bound to see a wolf at least once or twice. Multiple different wolves though? That's luck.

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Re: Have you ever seen a wolf?

Post by xWhiteWolf3000 » Thu Aug 01, 2019 12:46 pm

I’ve seen wolves a few times... but I’ve only seen them at zoos or at Busch Gardens... I think it was Busch Gardens... I forgot 😂but i actually want to see a wild wolf pack that aren’t in captivity. It’s one of the things I really want to do.

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Re: Have you ever seen a wolf?

Post by Seiun » Thu Aug 01, 2019 2:46 pm

Story time! Here in Southern Ontario, seeing a wolf is rare as the amount of fields doesn't exactly cater to wolf habitat. Most of the wolves here are coywolves (Coyote+wolf hybrid). About 4-5 hours North of me is a wolf sanctuary that I've been lucky enough to visit twice! They have a pack living in acres of enclosed land as they wouldn't live for very long outside of their semi-captive lifestyle (they're fed the larger roadkill that tourists and community members call in. i.e. moose, deer). You're able to view the wolves through one way glass, so you can see them but they can't see you. They obviously know you're there though due to the sounds and smells :P

I've also had a chance to attend a wolf howl with this pack. You walk way back into the woods once the sun sets and the guide howls to the wolves. The sound is unbelievable. Not only was I able to hear the pack which sounded like about 30 wolves, but in the distance you could hear outside wolves that the guide explained were not part of the captive pack, but were instead roaming wild as there are many loners and packs in the area.

What makes me sad is vandals came and cut the fence a few years ago. They believe they were animal rights activists thinking they were freeing the wolves when in reality, the wolves wouldn't last long as they've never hunted large prey for themselves or have ever had to defend themselves from other predators. The alpha female and three other wolves escaped. Only the alpha female and one other wolf were returned alive. The other two were found by community members either shot or deceased in other ways.

If you ever get a chance to view wolves in am ore natural habitat than a zoo, please do! It's an experience I'd love to do again and would one day love to work with these wonderful animals in the future.
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