Earthfire Stories

Tag: Wolves
Wolf climbing a willow tree

Many years ago, Jean, Co-founder of Earthfire Institute, saw a magnificent old cottonwood tree stump lying on a sidewalk in Driggs, ID. It lay on its side in the hot...

Wolf standing on a small rise beside some trees

For those of us who love wolves and know how critical they are to the health of many ecosystems, this year’s wave of government-sanctioned wolf hunts in states across the...

Gray wolf looks into a woman's eyes
The Story of Cucumber the Wolf

Cucumber was a small, aloof wolf. For years she went about her business working to become the alpha female in her pack. She wanted little to do with humans. One...

Young wolf standing against the backdrop of the blue sky
Slow and Steady Wins the Race

There are just as many personality differences in animals as there are in people, a concept that becomes more evident to me each time I do my daily rounds. While...

White bison eating hay

Between getting ready for winter and speaking at a variety of events, we’ve been especially busy lately. But Dante Rios, our animal caretaker, has been delighting us with beautiful pictures...

Raccoons emerging from a crate

The weather was perfect and the girls were ready, so we knew it was the right day for releasing our rehabilitation raccoons. We found the ideal spot with a small...

Two orphaned and hairless baby squirrels

Tiny arms intertwined with one another, the two orphaned baby squirrels lay sleeping. I gently disentangled the little girl for a feeding. So tiny they fit into one half of...

Black Bear resting behind a large rock

Huckleberry Bear Bear is quite elderly now, so foolishly, we trusted him. We wash the bear enclosures with a powerful hose, which is an object of great interest for the...

A white wolf and a dark gray wolf howling together

As I walk through the early morning cold, the wolves and coyotes begin their morning howl. I let the beauty of the sound vibrate through me, into me, into every...

Sparrow in hand

It’s been snowing and snowing here—a welcome event as that is a normal winter for us. It is what life is adapted to here. Snow insulates the ground and the...

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