Over most of human history wolves and people have had a highly contentious relationship -- and it's always the former party losing the argument. Losing badly. Wolves were exterminated ruthlessly for centuries throughout Europe, and the killing continued apace in North America. By 1970, wolves had been wiped out everywhere in the U.S. save for Alaska and a portion of northern Minnesota. Now we're beginning to wise up about wolves; it is no longer only farmers and ranchers calling all the shots on wolf policy. Care to experience these beautiful and often misunderstood creatures in the wild? No need to journey way out West: You can have a lupine lovefest close to home at the Campfire Wolf Howl, beginning tonight at 7:30 p.m. at the Endangered Wolf Center (6750 Tyson Valley Road, Eureka; 636-938-5900 or www.endangeredwolfcenter.org). The program includes storytelling and wolf howls beside a campfire, a solid informative talk on how the Wolf Center has helped to preserve and reintroduce to the wild endangered gray Mexican wolves and red wolves and lastly a half-mile hike so everyone can hear the real stars of the evening express themselves vocally. The cost is $10 to $15, and reservations are required.
Sat., Feb. 2, 2013