Anlage woke that next morning. Raiden, Ekron and Maja had returned that evening with an elk. It had impressed the alpha as well as the rest of the pack. It normally took more than three wolves to bring down a cow, never mind a bull-elk. The pack had eaten well that evening. After only a short while after the elk had been brought back and night had blanketed the forest, Desire, Ananza and Ardal had run into the clearing, dropping the prey they had caught--which consisted of several rabbits and a bird that Ananza's instant reaction had caught. Panic showed in their eyes and Desire ran forward to Anlage.
"Alpha! I scented a loner at the South Border and we three followed it. It led across the territory over to the creek and we checked, it left the territory, but by the creek we discovered a bear that has begun to dig a hollow for itself into the mountainside. It appears it is going to try and stay for the winter as it hibernates. It is going to be a huge problem for our prey source, alpha!" Desire spoke rapidly but clearly. Anlage had nodded, his eyes narrowed as he considered. They had recently recruited many wolves, so it wouldn't be hard to gather a patrol, but a bear was a dangerous opponent to face. One paw-swipe and a wolf could be killed.
This morning he continued to mull it over. He finally decided the best course of action would for them to try and fill the den it was creating with the dirt that was spilled and mark their territory around it. A bear searching for a den to hibernate shouldn't put up much of a fight and Anlage wasn't eager to lose wolves from his pack in fighting a losing battle. He stood on top of the ledge above his den and called out.
"Desire, you will lead the patrol." he said. A flash of pleasure crossed her face and was quickly covered by determination.
"Yes, Alpha!" she answered him, standing tall.
"You may choose your patrol. Do as I have suggested and return. I forbid you to fight the bear if it is inside the den. If you must, lure it out of the den by some means other than going too close to it, but again, I forbid any of you to enter battle with it. It isn't threatening us currently other than the prospect of future prey-loss. There is no need to injure wolves especially with the herb supply in low-stock."
The alpha dipped his head. "That will be all." he finished, and turned and jumped off the rock to lie in the early morning sun.
Desire turned around and scanned the pack before calling out whom she had chosen to come with her.
"Ananza, Ardal, Kuoza, Kolo and Vikol!"