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In the Embrace of Wind the Truth is Born

A story for people who love and protect both wolves and sheep, showing that balance is possible.

Story by Maria Jekova October 13th, 2016

The place is Vlahi village, Pirin mountain, Bulgaria. A family, balancing between taking care for over 700 sheep and goats form rare Karakachan breeds, 50 Karakachan Stock Guarding Dogs, and running and Educational Center for Large Carnivores. Working for the cause of showing the world that these rival species - domestic animals and wild wolves do not really need to be enemies. With proper care, strong dogs and brave men - nature and men live in peace. 

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Elena Tsingarska is a biologist. Her passion are wolves. I followed her on the mission to set traps to catch wild wolves, examine them and put on GPS collars. That way they can follow them across their territory. 

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Sheep, shepherds and dogs spend three months in the mountain, at 2,700 meters above see level during the summer. They have not lost any sheep to wolves these last summers. 

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Karakachan sheep or Karakachan dog?

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Footnote: Special thanks to Elena Tsingarska, Sider Sedefchev, Sabri Meklyov
Pirin Mountains, Bulgaria