Fantasy author Tracy Falbe had a fascinating post on her blog today about Michigan wolves. She uses a current controversy in her state to examine humanity’s relationship and fascination with wolves and the idea of wolves.
Many of you are into paranormals, like werewolves, but how much time do you spend thinking about the real deal? More than 6,000 wolves run wild over the Northern Rockies and the western Great Lakes. My own state has close to 50 verified wolves…and if you’ve ever seen the vast tracts of wilderness here, that statement would probably make you sad, like it does me.
In Oregon, we have a complex relationship with wolves, much as Tracy says is the case in Michigan. I completely agree with her that these animals are a symbol of freedom, and they touch us. They are at once familiar, with their similarities to man’s best friend, and frightening in their wildness. We yearn to know they’re out there, because in their freedom they show us freedom is possible…and yet we also feel the need to protect ourselves (and our property) from them.
|Photo from National Geographic|