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The Wolves Among Us

The Grey Wolf, also known as Canis Lupsus, to my surprise and a known fact does not have the lifespan of our domesticated dogs.  Living only up to 5 – 6 years in the wild, for obvious reasons, and reaching weights for a full-size male of 66-180lbs and female adults 51-120lbs.

I developed an interest in wolves at a very young age.  Belonging to a family of campers of the many state parks that our country offers, I had my first encounter with a wolf at the raw age of 5.   As you might imagine, I believed it was a lost dog and felt no fear and took no precautions. 

My dad saw the wolf approaching and scared it off.  That was when I was informed that I was not to get near them and, although a bit difficult for a 5-year-old to comprehend, I attempted to understand the difference between a dog and a wolf.

I saw what was a beautiful creature and so different from the dogs I was used to seeing back home, including our very old family pet Walter the Basset Hound.  The wolf was agile, fluffy grey, long-like stilt legs and moving in the most of grace-like, subtle way.  Perhaps saw me as another animal or curious of what I was? 

Thinking back, he or she must have been young and in his prime of health and beauty.  The wolf didn’t seem to be aggressive, but its movement was cautionary.

As I got older and wiser and had had many camping trips worth of experience, I began to look out for them.  I was in awe of their behavior while in packs.  I also noted that if there were young around, the wolves seemed to do their part in protecting them or bringing food to their mother.  They frolicked and played freely.  I was aware that they noticed a presence, but I was able to watch from afar with a very good set of Canon binoculars for hunting I had received from my grandparents the previous Christmas as a gift. 

I was never able to get too close yet there was a thrill that my entire body felt as I inched up closer and closer each time with confidence.  The adrenaline rush was quite high and titillating. 

As I got older I became more interested in wolves and started to camp in the different areas where I would have an opportunity to see the many different species of wolves such as an Red wolf, the Gray wolf as mentioned here and the Ethiopian wolf which some are unsure as to whether it is a true wolf or a member of the jackal family.  The Ehtiopian wolf is also known as the Abyssinian wolf.

At the moment, the Red and Gray wolves are found in North America, Asia, Africa and Europe.  For an avid camper like me, this gives me a great terrain from which to choose from to adventure in and allowing me the opportunity to come across wolves.

I love wolves so much that I have collected knives, mugs, rings, pendants and art.  One of the places that I have found a great array of wolf-themed products at a reasonable price is FreedomWolf.com .  There is a huge variety of wolf t-shirts, wolf themed gifts, wolf art prints, wolf jewelry for men and women.  

If you are looking for wolf paraphernalia and are a wolf lover, check it out and also check out CoolCampingSupplies.com for your hiking, camping and survival gear.   You won’t be disappointed.