Cover Photo: An extreme close-up photo of a wolf's eye and the fur surrounding it.
Photograph by Linda Kazares/Unsplash

Living With Wolves

Working at a wolf sanctuary became part of my identity. Leaving the pack was harder than I expected.

Howls ripple across the hillside as I pass beneath the arms of scrubby pinyons and wind-worn junipers. The wolves track me from both sides, fluorescent eyes peering through the dark. Though I know they are behind fences, my heart still races at their stalking silhouettes, claws clicking, fur shifting, guard hairs long and bristling.

Canis lupus

Of Wolves and Men

Nikki Kolb is a writer in New Hampshire covering the intersection of wildlife, agriculture, sustainability, and motherhood. She has written for Sierra, Earth Island Journal, Glamour, The Hopper, and The Natural Farmer. Follow her on Twitter (@nikkijkolb) and at