I just saw TWO WOLVES. Oh yes I did.
Despite having spent the majority of my life in Idaho, I have never seen wolves in the wild.
My commute takes me from my home to Spokane (E. Washington state) down through the Palouse-country of N. Idaho to the Coeur d' Alene Indian reservation where I work. This morning I was on the lookout for elk and moose; when the snow is so heavy in the mountains they can often be seen at lower elevations looking for food. At one spot where I have seen elk herds walking along a ridge, something caught my eye and lo and behold, there were two big wolves bounding through the deep snow. They were MUCH bigger than coyotes, and had that distinctive tail. I came to a complete stop in the middle of the road and watched them run from one stand of trees to another. They were so beautiful it gave me chills. Eventually they disappeared into the trees and I started driving again...and as I'm driving along with my mouth literally hanging open, I come upon two moose about 20 yards off to the other side of the road, a mother and a yearling. Then around the next corner there were about 16 wild turkeys in the road.
Whenever people ask me how I can stand the 40-mile-each-way commute to work, I just laugh. I'll take this over 10 miles of bumper-to-bumper traffic ANY DAY.