The studies of the wolves Canis lupus and Canis rufus are like the history of women, regarding both their spiritedness and their travails.

Healthy wolves and healthy women share certain healthy characteristics: keen sensing, playful spirit, and a heightened capacity for devotion.  Wolves and women are rational by nature,  
Inquiring, possessed of great endurance and strength.  They are deeply intuitive, intensely concerned with their young, their mate,  and their pack.  They are experienced in adapting to constantly changing circumstances; they are fiercely stalwart and very brave.

Yet both have been hounded, harassed, and falsely imputed to be devouring and devious, overly aggressive, of less value than those who are their detractors…  The predation of wolves and women by those who misunderstand them is strikingly similar.

Women Who Run With The Wolves
Myths and Stories of the Wild Women Archetype
By  Clarissa Pinkola Estes, Ph.D.

(An insightful and empowering book, it’s a must read!)

Wolves taught us about cooperation and the value of our extended families.  They taught us about protectiveness and about fidelity to our pack.  They taught us how the social system in a pack functions smoothly, and with the best interests of everyone in mind.  We watched them, and learned how to (howl at the moon) in celebration.  They showed us how to move through the world carefully and quietly.  It has been said that wolves are the creatures most like us, but perhaps we have our seniority system mixed up.  Perhaps we are the creatures most patterned after wolves.  
Wolves remind us that we have a choice before us.  We can carefully use some of the Earth for our own benefit, or we can choose to believe that we have a right to it all.  Always, out there in the night, Wolf is watching patiently to see if any wisdom is rubbing off.

Wisdom Warrior
Native American animal legends
Dennis L. Olson
(I found this wonderful book in Yellowstone when I went up to check on the wolves this summer.)