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Wolf pack

Sunday, January 26, 2014

A pack of Wolves
I live on the edge of Fox Forest, and my most vocal neighbors do not walk on two legs. The wolves that live around me can often be heard late at night as they howl. Today as I went for a snow shoe with my husband, we found large prints of a canine. We believe that the prints are too large to be coyotes. We believe that coyotes also live in our area. The Fox Forest Park Manager, Inge Seboyer will help us to understand what wonderful creatures we share the forest with. I will pass on this information to you!
Over the past 3 weeks, we have made 5 different hikes into the forest on the following trails:
Molly J Swamp Trail, Rabbit Trail, Ridge Trail, Barred Owl Trail, Harvey Trail and Fisher Cat Trail. We also spent 1-2 hours walking on the swamp and on the high point between the Rabbit and Fisher Cat Trails.

On every trail, on the swamp and on the high point off trail, we saw lots of tracks that we believe to be wolf tracks. Most of the time, the animal walked alone or with another wolf walking about 10-20 yards away from it, but walking in a parallel manner.

We could be wrong in our understanding of what we are seeing, but for now, I will not go for my trail runs alone!
Taking time to enjoy the nature around me helps me to appreciate the natural beauty of New Hampshire. Maybe we don’t live near a tall mountain or a large lake. Still, I love Hillsborough and the nature that I can experience every day when I walk outside. Today’s surprise was finding the stream on the Fisher Cat Trail frozen so beautifully!
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    Looks like a very pretty area to walk or hike in .... good for you for getting outside when most people would wimp out because it's too cold or whatever.

    Smart not to go off by yourself ~ what most folks don't realize is that because we've encroached on so many animals habitats, that they have a hard time finding enuf food & so their behavior changes. They become bolder when normally they'd stay out of sight.

    Thanks for writing!
    2085 days ago
    Wow; beautiful and dangerous all at the same time. Smart to not go out by yourself. I LOVE New Hampshire. So lovely :-)
    2086 days ago
    Great blog! The tracks you have pictured could easily be wolf tracks. Some dogs have similar tracks, in particular Northern breeds like Alaskan Malamutes or Akitas but they would likely be more round and not be found without those of people nearby. Be very careful with wolves around. They are shy, but I would still take at least an airhorn along if you go out. Those will work for bears, too.
    2086 days ago
    You can see the tracks in the snow, but those critters are also there when there is no snow! Should always take a friend hiking!
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    2086 days ago
    Lovely place to walk but best to never be alone. Stay safe!
    2086 days ago
    Wolves are my favorite animal. There have been an increase here of coyote attacks on dogs in my area. So Shadow never goes out alone. I have to be very aware of what is around me now on out walks in the fields.
    2086 days ago
    Hiking alone is not something I would do ever! You are fortunate to be able to have such beautiful hiking areas. Pics are great. That print was huge!
    2087 days ago
  • MJ7DM33
    Great pics! Be careful!
    2087 days ago
    Great blog! Great photos! I've never seen wolf tracks in the wild. Hope that's what you have found!
    2087 days ago
    What beautiful scenery you have!
    2087 days ago
    Glad you aren't going to be out and about by yourself. Enjoyed your blog and pictures.
    2087 days ago
    emoticon I enjoyed reading that.

    One of my favorite places on planet Earth --- the White Mountains of your state.

    Take care when you are out & about your area.

    God bless!
    2087 days ago
    Beautiful photos, great blog.
    2087 days ago
  • JOANIE69
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    I only ever saw one wolf in the wild...out in British Columbia when in the northern part and at a tourist area dedicated to the gold rush era. We were in an isolated area on the edge of that place when I happened to glance back at the trail we had walked, and there in the turn was a large grey wolf watching me. (my DH had walked on ahead a bit.) I did not feel threatened by it...it was just watching me and did not look aggressive - more like curious.

    Coyotes, on the other hand, abound now in Nova Scotia and one pack killed a hiker (woman alone) in the beautiful Cape Breton Highlands in recent years. Another one was stalking my DH and I as we walked on the fields at dusk, near the river on our farmland, with our Jack Russell terrier. My husband picked up our ferocious little female dog, knowing she would not back down if there was a confrontation, and walked home. Our coyotes are every bit as dangerous when hungry as are wolves, especially in a pack.
    2087 days ago
  • no profile photo FALLENSHORT2013
    What kind of wolves would you have in NH? I'm in western Montana where they introduced the Canadian grey wolf which is aggressive and WILL attack without provocation; they are killing off the game animals and sheep and cattle; the only things they don't bother are the mountain lions!
    2087 days ago
    I'm always delighted to be surprised by "critters". So you're pretty sure they're wolves and not just big coyotes? How cool! emoticon
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    2087 days ago
    I agree. I wouldn't go alone.
    2087 days ago
  • PICKIE98
    Those guys usually will not bother humans unless encroached upon or if they have pups. You do have a beautiful area..
    2087 days ago
  • no profile photo RIDLEYRIDER
    Hooray! Another northerner who appreciates the beauty around us! emoticon
    2087 days ago
    I hope that it will be there for our kids
    2087 days ago
    That picture of the frozen Fisher cat trail is very beautiful!! So are wolves!! They are very beautiful animals. Nature is awesome!! Have a wonderful day!! Thanks so much for sharing!!
    2087 days ago
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