Some have taken to calling this feisty Black Lamar Canyon Female, “Spitfire.” And therein lies the rub – who gets to name a wolf?
Researchers reserve the right to name radio (or GPS) collared wolves alphanumerically – e.g., 832F.
Uncollared wolves often get tagged with nicknames from the general public – e.g., Casanova, Puff, Spitfire.
Currently there is some bickering online as to whether or not we should be “allowed” to call this beautiful wolf, Spitfire.
“What’s in a name?” Shakespeare asked.
If a “rose is a rose is a rose” that would smell as sweet by any other name, then perhaps a wolf is a wolf is a wolf who will continue to intrigue us and get into mischief no matter what.
A wolf doth something every week to keep him from Church on Sunday
– olde english proverb