Sunday, February 8, 2015

Chilcotin Holidays

Winter Hiking Provides Opportunities for Wildlife Viewing

One of amazing animals that can be found in the South Chilcotin Mountains is the Gray Wolf, a beautiful but very elusive animal. To hear it's howl in a moonlit night might send shivers down your spine, but it also gives this special feeling of an old wise and quite magical being. 

To honor these mystical beings we decided to do an educational series about them. Wildlife viewing is even more enjoyable when you have a greater understanding of the animal you are watching.

Part I

The gray wolf (Canis lupus) also known by the names timber wolf or western wolf is an often misunderstood and feared animal.
What is not known is that wolves will rarely attack humans, indeed they've been taught the opposite by hunters over time: to stay as far away as possible from humans and to fear them. Most of the attacks that have been recorded were caused by wolves who suffered from rabies.

While the gray wolf is native to North America where it predominately can be found in Alaska and Canada, wolves are also found among other wildlife in many parts of the world, like Europe and Asia. Some mythologies in Northern Europe and Asia pay the wolves high respect and even portray them as near deities. Japanese farmers, for example, would leave food offerings near their dens to seek protection of their crops from deer or bears.
They are majestic creatures, especially in winter when their fur is long, bushy and very dense. The fur usually has an unevenly spotted grey color, but can take on an almost pure white, red, brown or black tone.
Their thick coats make them highly resistant like other Canadian wildlife to the cold and even with temperatures dropping as low as -40° a wolf can rest comfortably in open areas by placing their muzzles between their rear legs and using their tail to cover their face. Compared to dog fur the wolf's fur provides a much better insulation. In spring most of the short underfur will be shed and grow back in fall.

White hairs at the tip of the tail, along the nose or on their forehead usually means that it is an older wolf. Their lifespan can vary a lot. While the usual age they reach is between 6 and 8 years, examplaries who reached the age of 13 (wild) or 17 (in captivity) have been recorded.  

We offer wildlife viewing trips for those interested in seeing these beautiful animals in action. Send us an email at adventures@chilcotinholidays.com to find out more.


Chilcotin Holidays

About Chilcotin Holidays

We are a licensed guide outfitter and we conduct guided wilderness adventures throughout our 5,000 square km operating area. This guide area has been operational since 1880, making it the oldest in British Columbia. More about us HERE.

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