23 December 2011 When Wolves Saved Santa’s Reindeer Posted by: Suzanne Asha Stone | 4 comments | Share: Back by popular demand…A holiday poem from our wolf expert Suzanne Stone: Twas that Eve before Yuletide ‘Twas the eve before Yuletide And to Santa’s dismay Came a blizzard of such fury Reindeer couldn’t lift his sleigh. As the elves paced and worried And Santa’s face grew a scowl Came a song from the woods: A wolf pack’s mighty howl. From the thick of the storm O’er deep snow on big padded feet Came eight silvery wolves Ice and wind could not beat. Santa’s mouth hung open for a blink As the wolves lined up in front of his sleigh Then he sputtered an order to the elves “Well then… let’s be on our way!” Santa met and thanked each wolf As the elves finished loading the last gift Then he sprinkled them with fairy dust Chuckling, “That’ll give you the lift.” “They won’t believe this in Wyoming..” He laughed, a merry twinkle in his eyes Then the elves harnessed the wolves And they took to the skies. On Lightfoot! On Blacktail! On Windswift! On Howler! On GreenEyes! On MoonSong! On Hunter! On Prowler! The wolves’ eyes glowed as they leapt through the storm Santa wished his own coat could keep him as warm. That night the wolves even taught Santa to howl An ancient song filled with hope for Peace and Joy That this season may bring for all Life on Earth As they left special gifts for each girl and boy. ‘Twas that eve before Yuletide Santa will always fondly remember When wolves rescued his mission That stormy December. Suzanne Asha Stone, Northern Rockies Representative Suzanne has worked in wolf restoration in the northern Rockies since 1988, including serving as a member of the 1995/1996 USA/Canadian wolf reintroduction team. She currently oversees Defender's programs for wolf conservation and restoration in Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington, and Wyoming, and she works directly with ranchers and farmers to help livestock owners and wildlife managers devise and implement strategies to reduce wolf and livestock conflicts.