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Wolf is the pathfinder, the forerunner of new ideas who returns to the clan to teach and share medicine. Wolf takes one mate for life and is loyal like Dog. If you were to keep company with Wolves, you would find an enormous sense of family within the pack, as well as a strong individualistic urge, and they live by carefully defined rules and rituals. They are friendly, social, and highly intelligent.
Wolves have a complex communication system - using body language. Usually those with wolf totems are very expressive with hands, posture, face or in some other manner. If you have difficulty conveying your moods and ideas to others, meditate and study the wolf. It will teach you how to empower your verbal communications with appropriate body language.
The wolf has a capacity for making quick and firm emotional attachments. Learning to trust your own insights and to secure your attachments accordingly is part of what wolf medicine teaches. The wolf can help you to hear the inner and guard you from inappropriate actions. It will guard you as it teaches you – sometimes strongly, sometimes gently – but always with love. When wolf shows up, it is time to breathe new life into your life and rituals. Find a new path, take a new journey, take control of your life. You are the governor of your life. You create it and direct it. Do so with harmony and discipline, and then you will know the true spirit of freedom.
Traditionally, someone with Wolf Medicine has a strong sense of self, and communicates well through subtle changes in voice inflection and body movements. They often find new solutions to problems while providing stability and support that one normally associates with a family structure.
She was a shadowy gray adult female, born in 1991 in the Ninemile valley near
Missoula, Montana. Her family, the Ninemile pack, was made famous by
wilderness author Rick Bass in his bestseller, "The Ninemile Wolves,"
published by Ballantine Books, 1993. The Ninemile pack was one the first
packs to settle in Northwestern Montana. Their story was plagued with the
difficulties of being among the first wolves to return to an area where many
people feared and opposed the return of the wolf. Several pioneer wolves died
but enough lived to give birth to pups and define their niche in this new wolf
territory. Rick's book chronicles their re-establishment with the help of
Mike Jimenez, a dedicated wolf researcher who has been the guardian of this
pack since they first settled the Ninemile valley.
This adult gray female was the daughter of one of the original settlers. She
was nicknamed "Auntie" by biologist Mike Jimenez as she took over the role of
primary caregiver for the pups of the pack. While the alpha female (the
mother) would hunt for food to feed her pups, Auntie would stay at the densite
and stand guard over the youngsters. Wolf "babysitters" also serve as teachers
for the pups who must quickly learn the essential skills for survival.
In February of 1997, the pups of the year nearly full grown, Auntie and
several of the pups she had helped raise left the Ninemile valley. The pack
had grown to 12 members and wolves often disperse from their home pack to
search for new territory to start new packs. As only one female (the alpha)
typically breeds and produces pups, perhaps Auntie was searching for a mate to
begin her own family. Tragically, before breeding season, she was illegally
killed near the northern city of Moscow, Idaho. As there is no evidence to
suggest she had been involved in the death of any livestock it appears her
death was simply a random act of violence against a species long misunderstood
in this region. The old "joke" among wolf opponents is "Shoot, Shovel and
Shut Up." Often law enforcement officers find little evidence to convict wolf
killers. Yet, this time they discovered the crime and, with our help,
Auntie's killer may yet be brought to justice.
The Wolf Recovery Foundation have pledged to assist the US Fish & Wildlife Service Law Enforcement officers with our help. Together we are building the Wolf Protection Fund to directly aid in the recovery and protection of wolves. Donations raised through this fund will help us post a reward for information leading to filing criminal charges against Auntie's killer. In the long term, these funds will be strictly used to advance the recovery of wolves though public outreach, future protection, research, and efforts to restore wolves where they rightfully belong.
The time to help is now. It takes funding to make these efforts successful. If you can afford to help us, please act today. If you know others who understand the importance of our mission and want to help, please contact them or send us their names. Every donation is important as together each of us
strengthens the circle of support for the wolves. The Wolf Recovery Foundation are well known for their important roles in wolf restoration. Their union in this effort flags the critical need for a fund that can serve to protect and advance the recovery of wild wolves now and for future generations. For more information contact the Director of the Wolf Recovery Foundation at email@example.com.
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