Together, With Wolves

Photo credit: Christels/Pixnio

Photo credit: Christels/Pixnio

Wolves have been mistaken as enemies. They are seen as scavengers on our earth, as deadly attackers and evil. Yet, they are part of nature and belong to the ecosystems that order life. We no longer need to regard wolves as foe if we can imagine the innocence of young wolf pups. Theirs is a story of struggle and survival right from the beginning.

Coated grey, black and tawny brown, wolves are the legacy of the wilderness. They are persecuted for being alive even though they are nature's necessity. Connected to the lives of many wild animals, they are related to all canine species and carry a lineage that is ancient and worthy of preservation.

Wolves are a force in the wild, driven by instinct and the need for their own kind. Their lives wisely depend on togetherness and co-operation, and they are strengthened by the closeness of the pack.

In the sharing of food, warmth and companionship, they are social animals freed from ego, pride and vanity. Their family life is centered on reliance and resilience, and is powered by a hierarchy that looks after the good of all. Each wolf has a role and responsibility that is upheld by their behaviour and made visible through their loyalty.

Wolves are a miracle and need to be looked at in that way. They continue to be shot, trapped and poisoned without compassion or respect at a time when building a future that is aligned with nature is imperative.

Wolves are not outcasts in nature - they are vital to the workings of the whole. They walk the boundary between us and the wild earth; a line that is fragile and easily erased. Wolves are a wonder of the wild that we must always remember to protect and try to understand.

Angela Gnyp