As I drove into Cocolalla, Idaho, the snow was still on the ground, wrapping the land and mountains in its beauty. Just off of highway 95 the Wolf People store stands, an organization dedicated to educating the community about the nature and beauty of the wolf. They are not just talking about it, but living the life, owning 18 wolves in their family pack! In fact, the wolves take scheduled turns visiting the store every day.
I had a fantastic opportunity to stay at the owner’s house located a few miles from the store, hidden behind windy streets, beautiful forestry, and three feet of unmelted snow. The chalet style house is quaint and comfortable, but the best part about it was the consistent presence of her wolf pack. During the day we visited with them and at night we were put to sleep with their howling, a form of communication between the tight knit pack. Even though each wolf is located in an acre pin with their life mates, they still form a pack and half a leader called an alpha.
They are such spiritual, strong, and social creatures. I left this world inspired and restored to get back to my city life and job. What a unique experience.