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I'm having a love affair with the wolf

I’m having a love affair with the wolf. He is such a legendary, mysterious animal that it’s hard not to be fascinated by him.
Historically, wolves roamed throughout the lower 48 states, but centuries of misconceptions and hostility toward the species led to intense human persecution. These factors coupled with habitat loss effectively wiped out the species throughout most of the country during the twentieth century.
The grey wolf (Canis lupus), also known as the timber wolf or simply wolf, is the largest wild member of the family. It is an ice age survivor originating around 300,000 years ago. He shares a common ancestry with the domestic dog. Although certain aspects of this conclusion have been questioned, including recently the main body of evidence confirms it.
Though once abundant over much of Eurasia and North America, the gray wolf inhabits a very small portion of its former range because of widespread destruction of its territory, human encroachment of its habitat, and the resulting human-wolf encounters. Today, wolves are protected in some areas, hunted for sport in others, or may be subject to extermination as perceived threats to livestock and pets.
In many areas wolves frequently feature in the folklore and mythology of those cultures, both positively and negatively. Stories of werewolves passed down from generation to generation. In more modern times often people afflicted with lycanthropy, a disease where a fine pelt of hair covers the body, made it easy to believe even the most outrageous of these stories.
Shapeshifting has become a popular subject for fiction of all kinds. The use of it in romance fiction has increased exponentially in the past few years. Authors have written about packs who inhabit entire towns, shifting at will but keeping to their human shape in the presence of strangers. The mating of humans and shifters has again become a subject of romantic fiction, and has given rise to many successful books.
For me it’s the excitement of knowing alpha males can change in a shimmer of stars to an animal whose primary drive is to protect its own. To know that strong women can become strong mates in both wolf and human form. And to realize, through my research, how underappreciated the wolf is, how little people know about this proud animal, and how much he should be appreciated.
The wolf is my hero. I hope he will be yours.

Read more about my shifters in my series The Sentinels:
The Edge of Morning
Night Moves
Dark Stranger
And soon to be released: Animal Instinct
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