Wednesday, December 28, 2011

A Surprise Visitor

The dogs have been doing an awful lot of barking this week, and it's been driving me crazy.

Just now, they all started going nuts: I thought someone was here. Someone was...I got up to look out the window, and at the edge of the forest on our property, at the bottom of a small hill, I saw a gray, wedge-shaped face looking up at us.

A wolf.

For a moment everything stopped. I felt like I locked eyes with this wise-looking, powerful creature. The wolf was silent, and seemed to be checking us out carefully.

The moment ended. I ran to bring all the dogs in, although they were more interested in standing on the porch and barking. Now they're all flaked out around the woodstove, like nothing happened.

I've just stopped shaking now. I highly doubt the wolf is going to storm the castle, or suddenly rush at 5 barking dogs, but it's still quite something to see that face looking back at you from your yard...

P had heard reports of this wolf: a few people told him they'd spotted it on the highway within a 20km range of our place, but I really didn't expect to see it so close to home!

Well. That was exciting.

 And here I'd been planning a post about things to do while waiting for the sun to come up!


  1. WOW! That's so intense! I've never seen a wolf in the wild before, let alone my backyard...

  2. We built our house on the Magundy River near Faro over a few winters and lived in a wall tent during the summers right up til the end of October. One evening we were all woken up by the sounds of the wolves howling to each other outside our tent. It sounded like there was a lot of them and it was an incredible experience. Being in a tent made the experience that much more intense. I think they pack up as winter approaches. It's one of the things I love about the north - I feel privileged to have these unique experiences.
    Welcome to UrbanYukon !


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