|Barked: Tue Apr 22, '08 9:50am PST |
|A reading suggestion:
My favorite book on human / wolf relations is a story titled
" In the Shadow of a Rainbow by Robert F. Leslie
It is the true story of a friendship between man and wolf. Of a young Indian's devotion to a pack of timber wolves and their legendary female leader. Gregory Tah-Kloma learns the meaning of an Indian saying when he is determined to search for a female leader of a pack of timber wolves, and to find the wolf and her pack before trappers and bounty hunters could destroy them.
"In 1970, a young Indian beached his canoe near the author's Babine Lake campsite in the backwoods of British Columbia. He introduced himself as Gregory Tah-Kloma. Night after night the two men talked by the campfire. Gradually, the young Indian told the remarkable story of his devotion to a pack of timber wolves and their legendary female leader Nahani, "the one who shines."
Greg had first met the magnificent silver she-wolf six summers before. From the beginning a bond existed between them, and it grew to amazing proportions. Greg's days were punctuated by his visits with Nahani and, like th pack members, he became her willing subject.
When the black frosts forced Greg to return to civilization, he determined to search again for Nahani, to find the wolf and her pack before trappers and bounty hunters could destroy them. During the harsh months of winter and throughout two summers he searched, always wondering whether Nahani would recognize him. Finally, in the vast wilderness, he learned the meaning of the Indian saying, "When anything strengthens a bond of friendship, the friends have walked in the shadow of the rainbow".
What is amazing about this true story is that the uncontested alpha wolf was not only female but she had no equal partner nor ever mated. The pack was large and established enough that she had a loyal se4rving beta and several sentry guards. Truly a remarkable tale and the only documentation I have read about a sole alpha wolf and female no less!
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