On the drive between Tower and Cook this morning on County Road 115, which runs along the south shore of Lake Vermilion, I was stopped by a timber wolf crossing the road. I was thinking about work and not paying much attention to my surroundings when the truck about a quarter mile in front of me suddenly slowed down. I saw an animal crossing in front of it – too large for a dog, but not walking like a deer. Immediately it dawned on me that it was a wolf.
I am partial to wolves. Several amazing photos of wolves are in my living room. For some reason I feel a connection to them. As I drew near, I pulled over to the side of the road to get a close look. I was very grateful to the wolf, which paused a few feet from the shoulder, turned and looked at me in a perfect pose. Of course by the time I grabbed my cell phone and zoomed in, the wolf had turned and sauntered into the cover of the trees.
As I put my phone down, I saw that the couple in the truck I had been following had turned around and come back to look at the wolf. We smiled and waved, sharing one of those priceless moments of nature that don’t come along very often.