I have never felt as much excitement and fear at one single point in my life. I saw the wolves.

These Arctic Wolves (Canis lupus arctos) are one of the few natural inhabitants of this area. They have been native here for over two million years. This type of wolf is the only of its kind that is not threatened. This is due to the fact of rarely encountering humans. This means, instead of fearing to be hunted, they are more curious when they see us. Although inquisitive, a long drawn out yawn and one glimpse at their sharp teeth was enough to make me back away.

They are a perfect balance between scary and beautiful. I sat, crouched outside the door talking to this animal, that I know could tear me to shreds if it felt the need to. Swallowing my fear and trying to remain calm, my heart pulsed in my throat (again) but I tried not to let it show through to my exterior. We all know that animals sense your fear, he must have known how truly scared I was. Petrified.

It lied down and licked at the snow, rubbing its paws on its face like a puppy. It was in this moment that I wanted to run over, snuggle into its soft white fur and let him warm me up. I named him Snowy - original I know. He almost had a smile and looked friendly. Friendly enough to eat me, I quickly reminded myself. I will definitely be keeping my distance but it was such an amazing feeling to be so close to such an intriguing and wild animal.

Although Snowy was weary around us, flinching at my every move, we encountered the pack later on. The wolves behavior changed quite visibly to pack mentality. They became more aggressive and were quick to let you know that you were in their territory. I wasn't leaving the truck this time that's for sure. There were about 10 of them running in circles around our parked vehicle and it was in this moment that it reminded me we are invading their land and home, not vice versa.

Due to relatively little contact with this species, little is known about them. I feel incredibly privileged to be able to say I saw Snowy, six feet in front of me. It was an amazing experience I won't soon forget.


  1. Wow - he is such a beauty! Amazing how close you got too, I'd have been so nervous!

  2. WOW, I am so happy you got to have this experience, it almost makes me want to forgive your dad for encouraging my baby girl to join the military. I knew it has a lot of ++'s but it was a sacrifice I was not quite ready to make when you were just a wee 18. Ps i did forgive him, really. I
    t looks so peaceful up there. I can not imagine what you felt during that encounter. It sent shivers up my spine. I don't if it was because I am a mother and I felt fear for you or I was just so happy for you.

    Be safe and always remember your words you are in their territory.

    Love mom xoxoxoxoxo Pics are beautiful

  3. oh wow...that is all I can think of right now. it is so beautiful and how amazing was that for you to see one up close..

  4. Great post, hon... now put your damn toque on.

  5. Yeah, what GLS said, put your toque on.

    Snowy...love it.

    The black eyes are so penetrating, great pics.

  6. Wow I see what you mean about wanting to run up and cuddle with it. It looks so friendly and cute in the pics.

  7. Hey Kristy Just remember one of those soft and cuddly things bit JPs buddy's ass when they were up there. But it is kind of exciting watching you have these experiences. Have you been to the beach yet?

  8. Amazing! Snowy looks so timeless.
    J. Chartier

  9. WOW! Snowy...Love it!! What an experience!

    We think of you daily! BIG hugs! Stay Smart! Stay Safe!....and put your touqe on! brrrrrr... ; )

  10. When Burce the trashman gets back up here ask him to show you his method of scaring the wolves away.

  11. "friendly enough to eat me" haha! love it. Jealous is not even the word... so cool. call me back would you ;)

  12. well it nice to see that so far you have not gone stir crazy. just think when its daylight all the time what you might see. have a great xmass.


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