Are the spectral Direwolves far behind? I’m speaking of the real-life animal, not the fictitious versions that appear on the TV series GAME OF THRONES. I mean, technically they aren’t real-life, not anymore, since they’re extinct. But Direwolves WERE real, living animals, larger and more ferocious versions of today’s wolves, part of the mega-fauna that existed in North America at the end of the last Ice Age. Relic Direwolves have sometimes been put forward as explanations for the werewolf sightings of history. Is the dreaded Shunka Warakin of Indian legend really a surviving Direwolf? Or could it be, perhaps, a Direwolf’s GHOST? Don’t be so quick to scarf. If animals do in fact have souls, as many mystics and religions maintain, then why could one NOT appear as a ghost? If a wooly mammoth can manage it, why not a Direwolf?
Whatzat? Oh, yeah. There was a sighting of a Ghost Mammoth. You didn’t know about that? It happened in Alaska’s Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve, the largest of our country’s national parks, in 2008. Granted, it was a bay mammoth. And granted, considering the animal was described by the witness as having vanished into a small “black cloud,” it could be what was seen was not a ghost after all, but a living baby mammoth that slipped into our dimension from another time, then just as quickly slipped out. Maybe those wormholes through space-time aren’t big enough to accommodate a full-grown mammoth. They should, though, if they are large enough to let a baby mammoth slip through, also be big enough to admit a Direwolf. If the witness had encountered a Direwolf instead of a baby mammoth, however, it is doubtful the witness would have survived to report the sighting. The Direwolf might have dragged her back through its portal to devour her. But, if it was a Direwolf and not a wooly mammoth and it was a ghost after all, that would beg the bigger question—can a ghost wolf BITE?