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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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  • VANICIS
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  • NWFL59
    Glad it ended well. emoticon
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  • RODGRODMEDFLOD
    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.

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  • ADKISTLER
    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!
    1649 days ago
  • PLMITCH
    I bet you chewed up some serious calories! I know I would have had I been in your snowshoes!
    1649 days ago
  • SQUIRRELMOMMA1
    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.
    1649 days ago
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