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Carol Crooker

Cool!!

NAL

Ahhhhhh! Thanks for sharing!

I have heard gray wolves, not in the wild unfortunately, but at a local private wolf reserve/teaching facility. The sound, when they began, was ethereal and magic! When it ended, I was left wondering if it had really been there - my ears could have listened forever.

There were no "barks" in what I heard - if I remember correctly, it was a "greeting" or "are we all here" communication. Wonder if there are any wolf linguists out there who might identify the pattern of your wolf's vocalization.

Cheers!

John CoyleI

Thanks for the recording Ryan, it came through loud and clear on my computer.

I can't help but wonder if this was an albino wolf and why he would follow you and bark like that.

I have heard of members of the canine family following humans before and in fact I had a fox follow me for 30 minutes on the Coast Trail at point Reyes National Seashore several years ago. He followed about 30 yards behind me on the trail and when I stopped to turn around and look at him, he would stop and look at me in a sort of human-canine standoff. He didn't bark or howl however.

It's possible that canines follow humans hoping to find stirred up prey or get a handout, but who knows, maybe there is some kind of primal connection between canines and humans that accounts for this behavior.

Many years ago, while working in the Tetons, I also had an owl follow me as I was jogging on a service road at night near the climbing ranch. It was a moonlit night and I could see him silently making lazy s turns behind me so as not to overtake me. I am almost positive that owl was looking for stirred up prey.

In any case, the natural world is a wonderfull place and I love to hear about experiences such as your wolf encounter, so I thank you for sharing it with us.

Gino

John,
I've had similar experiences with red foxes.

Anyone else get the feeling that ~15,000 years ago a similar interaction took place, and led to much bigger things?

Kevin Davidson

Way cool! Haven't heard that sound in over 10 years when I was in the Arrigetch. Sends a shiver down my spine (in a good way).

Bill Fornshell

That is a great recording. I hope you do a feature on the electronics you used.

I have been playing the recording to my kittens one at a time to watch there reaction to it. At first it really gets their attention. They don't seem to be afraid of it and go right up to my speaker. I expect it is just a really new sound for them.

The first kitten, my "A" male did get real close to me when it was over. Didn't seem scared but concerned.

Bex

I was so happy to get the audio of the wolf calling to you. My two collie dogs were sitting nearby on a sofa, and the ears stood right up and they got down and came over to the tv monitor to investigate. They thank you, as do I. Good luck with the rest of your trek. I heard about you only today on National Public Radio.

Bex

I was so happy to get the audio of the wolf calling to you. My two collie dogs were sitting nearby on a sofa, and the ears stood right up and they got down and came over to the tv monitor to investigate. They thank you, as do I. Good luck with the rest of your trek. I heard about you only today on National Public Radio.

Bex

I was so happy to get the audio of the wolf calling to you. My two collie dogs were sitting nearby on a sofa, and the ears stood right up and they got down and came over to the tv monitor to investigate. They thank you, as do I. Good luck with the rest of your trek. I heard about you only today on National Public Radio.

Bari ben Harim

I have unwittingly stirred up dinner twice for birds of prey - on 2 continents. So with birds this is definitely the reason they tag humans. Wolves ... well I have no experience. Elephants have insatiable curiosity - like me. Canines are social creatures - I would guess its curiosity. "oh another pack." Curious smell especially. "bad smelling pack - mmmm".

Richard S

BB - what a blast to see your name. Long time no hear.

NAL

Just came across this while surfing the web - visit this link - http://www.bucktrack.com/Alaska_Brooks_Range_Traverse.html - and check out the entry for June 21st - now is this a coincidence or what!

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