Einzelganger - Alpha Male

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Einzelganger is the big bad ruler of the west side of my wolf project property. Only once did I catch him in the pack. He usually travels alone, sometimes with another wolf I call Hals (that I speculate to be the Alpha Female). One other time there was a smaller wolf trailing the two that I call Lil' Einz. I speculate he's their offspring and carries similar characteristics to Einzelganger.

Einzelganger has a radio collar. Granted, it's a tell tale sign when I see him, but he wouldn't need the collar to be recognized. He has tall legs and a barrel of a body. It looks like he outgrew his tail. He's a very large Michigan wolf, tracking in about the height of a deer.

Merged picture of Einzelganger, a deer and James walking past the camera

Merged picture of Einzelganger, a deer and James walking past the camera

Judging the merging of pictures with him and me, I'd say that if he held his head up high it would come at least to my chest (although he usually travels with his head straight out or lower to the ground). I'm sure that if he propped up on two legs his heavy front legs would easily cross over my shoulders. Definitely not something I ever hope to experience. There's a black stripe on the front of his left ankle - although that's not totally unique - it's something to look for when I'm comparing pictures. The backs of his ears are of a burnt amber.

notice the large distance covered with each step (blue left back foot and green right back foot)

notice the large distance covered with each step (blue left back foot and green right back foot)

He's a speed-walker. I can tell his tracks in the snow based on the spread between steps. He cruises at a seemingly effortlessly pace covering yards in seconds. It's as if he's constantly on patrol of his territory. 

Wherever he goes he goes a purpose. I pity the intruder that gets on his property!