Wolf Myth: Wolves will rip humans limb from limb, if given half a chance.
Wolf True Story: This happened to me, so I know it’s true.
This last trip to Yellowstone, we hiked to Shoshone Lake. We take this hike every time we go, unless the snow in late spring is still too deep. When we got there, we sat by the lake for a while. My husband decided to take a nap, while I walked around the lake for a bit. When I returned an hour or so later, we packed up to go. As we left the lakeside, we saw a very large pile of canine scat – way too big for coyote – at the trail head. We could not have missed seeing this scat on the way in. A large, black canine (also not coyote) was just disappearing into the tall grasses across the meadow. A raven flew directly overhead.
The wolf must have come up, seen my husband asleep on the ground, left his calling card, and disappeared. End of story. No snarling, baring of teeth, menacing behavior, or death at the lake to report.
Here are some pictures and poems about Shoshone Lake – one of my favorite spots on earth.
perfect from every angle
heaven in every season –
the mind trails along your shore