Druid pup stranded as its pack leaves
All turns out well
July 10, 2006
Editor's note: Kathie Lynch reported the interesting story
below while I was at my father's funeral dealing with the death of my father and
attending his funeral. As a result, I was slow putting it up, and it was resolved
before I returned. RM
By Kathie Lynch
A new drama is unfolding for the Druid Peak pack, or at least for one of their
little black pups. Evidently the four Druid adults and the other 10 pups departed
Round Prairie sometime during the night of July 4, and one pup was left behind. It
was first observed on the morning of July 5, alone and howling its brave little
heart out in Round Prairie. Four days later, the situation remains the same,
and the strikingly beautiful tarnished silver pup with black head, legs and
tail has been visible every morning and evening.
This morning (Day 4, July 8) we watched and listened for almost three hours
as the little fellow kept trying to contact his missing pack.The pup first
howled for half an hour from somewhere in the trees. Then it appeared and made
a grand circuit of Round Prairie, going all the way to the west end along the
tree line before returning along the creek all the way to the east end. The
pup loped along and frequently stopped to howl in all directions. We have seen
it biting at plants and playing with old bones but have not observed any hunting
behavior, so I'm sure by now it is pretty hungry.
It is very hard to watch and heart-breaking to hear the little fellow's
mournful howls. We all hold our breath as we too strain to listen for an answer. Unfortunately,
there has been no indication of any response, so it appears that the Druids
may have left it behind when they moved to their rendezvous site--wherever
that is this year. Since wolves can't count and probably actually have no idea
that they are missing a pup, the only hope is that some of the adult Druids
will happen to venture back to the den area and discover it.
Optimistically, that is certainly a possibility. Several years ago, the
old Druids left a gray pup behind at their Lamar Valley rendezvous when they
moved up Chalcedony Creek. After six days on its own watching bison (Its preoccupation
with bison was actually why it missed the move!), the pack returned and fed the
pup for several more days. Finally, its father, the great Druid alpha 21M,
"had a little talk with him," and the next time the pack left, it paid better
attention and followed along!
By howling its heart out and staying where it was lost, this grandson or
granddaughter of 21M seems to be doing everything right in order to be found. We
can only hope that somehow 21M's legacy will inspire the Druids to return to
Round Prairie so that this story too will have a happy ending.
Later on July 9-
Absolutely wonderful news!!! The four adult Druids returned to Round Prairie
this morning (7/9/06) for a joyful reunion with the little lost pup! At 4:55
a.m., Bill Hamlin heard howling and then saw the three black adults (302M and
alphas 480M and 529F). Rick McIntyre arrived minutes later and saw the uncollared
gray female. They had obviously come on a mission to find their missing pup!
By 5:20 a.m., the happy group departed with the joyful pup bouncing along
between the two equally joyful females. Their destination was probably their
new rendezvous site somewhere way up Cache Creek. Even though we don't expect
to see the Druids again any time soon, every wolf watcher who had kept the
vigil and shared the pup's despair for four days was absolutely elated! How
wonderful to be able to tell you all that this little lost puppy story had such
a happy ending!
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