Uncle Henry´s Universe.

Uncle Henry´s Universe.

About the blog

I have no heavy training... Barely Elementary School. Preferred the wilderness, it became my university, but I got muddy boots and experience instead of School knowledge so my English was therefore quite inadequate. This blog is a project to improve my skills in English language.

We all have our own universe, welcome to visit mine.

One in the pack!

WolfPosted by Uncle Henry Wed, November 05, 2014 23:38:50

I guess I'm somewhat of a lone wolf. Listening, observing and pondering over the order of things. I have over the years spent long periods alone in the wilderness, by the campfire, or in the endless book of tracks and characters that always surrounds us. Perhaps I have become wiser, or maybe it's the other way around so that I understand even less than I did before. Most of it is simple and obvious, yet so incredibly complicated.

When I started working with wolves in the mid-eighties, we estimated that there were three individuals in Scandinavia. Today, we believe that there are about four hundred. The work of ensure an endangered species now turn to management. There is talk of extensive hunting of wolves, maybe already this winter. I'm ambivalent, not entirely comfortable with the idea; it will probably take some time to get used to.

Hundreds of wolf meetings have given me endless joy, some more amazing than others. Like when I encounter a wolf pack in heavy snowfall, with course straight towards me. I stand stiff as a statue, waiting for a big rock to hide me from the wolves. When that happens I lie flat in the snow and trying to look like a stump or something. It works well, almost too well. I allow myself to snow over and end up next to a resting wolf pack. For almost two hours!

I freeze like a dog but force the body to endure the cold. The reward becomes a variety of observations of social behavior among young wolves and alpha female. Bickering around an old blade-bone, affectionate play and, not least, my own sense of almost being one of the gang.





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