|A wolf nurses her pups outside their den|
After a week of helping to keep America the leading economy in the world, I sped Friday afternoon toward Rock Lakes Basin. As I turned into the Frazier camp access road, I realized it was a little too early in the year to get beyond all the snow left on the road.
|Wolves chasing an elk (Photo credit: Wikipedia)|
While sitting at the edge of the meadow, imagining a black wolf appearing from the dark forest surrounding the meadow, I recalled a story a fellow worker once told me about seeing a wolf many years earlier in Oregon’s Cascade Range.
Chris and his brother had hiked into some lakes in the Mt. Jefferson Wilderness area and had split up to fish two different lakes. At some point, Chris looked across a large meadow bordering the lake and saw movement across the meadow. Focusing on the movement, he watched as what he saw was two animals run across the meadow toward him. As they moved closer, he recognized the two as some kind of dog. His first thought was that someone in the area had let their dogs run loose, allowing them to release some pent up energy. However, when then approached Chris, the only description he could come up with for the dogs was one resembling wolves. He swears they were not house pets or foxes or coyotes, but wolves.
He said he was so sure the two dogs were wolves that he quickly reeled in his fishing line and ran in the direction of where his brother was fishing. This occurred at a time when no wolves were believed to be living in Oregon.