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A wolf in sheep's clothing?

Monday, January 13, 2014

So. Great day today. Church this morning. Nap this afternoon. Snowshoeing after nap.

I broke trail through the woods--should have had my handsaw along, the heavy snow has bent too many trees over the trail--then around the perimeter of the hayfield, down the hill to the lake, and out onto the lake. That took about 30 minutes. It was fine--hard work for the legs, but that's the point, right? Overcast day, but late afternoon sun was showing through the clouds along the horizon--beautiful.

Continuing to break trail on the lake, following the shore so as to make for a longer trail and close to shore just in case I broke through the ice (it's never happened and I doubt it ever will, but why tempt fate?) Rounded the point and looked across the lake to see . . .

6 or 8 dark animals trotting in formation up the lake, too far away to be sure, but close enough to make me wonder: is that a pack of wolves?

Don't get me wrong, I didn't panic. But I surely did turn around and head back home, made sure my cellphone was ready in case I had to call 9-1-1. Kept looking back to check on the animals, still far down the lake from me and breaking formation, seemingly checking me out and consulting on course of action.

I picked up my pace as much as I could. Looked back again. The animals had changed direction, moving across the lake and I could see them more clearly.

Deer! A herd of 6. What a relief! I would not become a pile of gnawed bones on the ice after all. I wonder how much 5 minutes of terror multiplies the caloric burn of snowshoeing?
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    1920 days ago
  • NWFL59
    Glad it ended well. emoticon
    1920 days ago
    You were right to be cautious! Wolves have been known to attack humans; we received a safety alert at work a few months ago about a lady in the interior of BC who was surrounded by wolves but managed to get back to her truck thanks to her dogs.

    1921 days ago
    Sounds like quite an adventure. I walk in the city and the only tracks that I see are for the trains. And the only wild life that I have to watch out for are the idiots that don't watch out for people in the crosswalk!
    1921 days ago
    I bet you chewed up some serious calories! I know I would have had I been in your snowshoes!
    1921 days ago
    I'm not sure a wolf would attack a human. But then again if they are in a pack and hungry????? Just kidding. Still don't think they would attack but turning around was probably the best idea.
    1921 days ago
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