Few animals on Earth evoke such strong emotions as the wolf, “Luh, Madadh Alluidh” or have suffered so much as a result of misunderstanding. In spite of its fierce reputation, it is a shy, intelligent and elusive creature. The wolf so often shown great respect for its extraordinary senses and hunting proficiency, none-the-less became increasingly a threat to livestock, such that intensifying conflicts with humans were inevitable.
In A Sand County Almanac, 20th Century American ecologist Aldo Leopold wrote an emotive chronicle of an encounter with a wolf he shot:
“We reached the old wolf in time to watch a fierce green fire dying in her eyes. I realized then, and have known ever since, that there was something new to me in those eyes-something known only to her and to the mountain. I was young then, and full of trigger-itch; I thought that because fewer wolves meant more deer, that no wolves would mean hunters’ paradise. But after seeing the green fire die, I sensed that neither the wolf nor the mountain agreed with such a view.”
In the hope of reaching the moon men fail to see the flowers that blossom at their feet ~ Albert Schweitzer