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My self-summary
I am a wildlife biologist and have studied animals for over 35 years, mostly whales and wolves. This may sound like an odd combination but over the decades I have experienced some amazing sights and sounds. I have also seen the worst when it comes to the suffering of wildlife, from their torture and slaughter to my research on a wolf with PTSD who survived being shot and chased by aircraft. To stay centered, I live in a national forest, surrounded by "life" itself. However, I am not a hermit. l teach at the college in town, and I write about my research for different magazines. I've also written a book about my profound 16-year journey with a previous dog. I spend as much time outdoors as I can, looking for wolves and the other animals that I study. Afterwards, I enjoy the solitude of home, visiting with friends, and the warmth of the wood stove on a winter day.

It seems that many people like the "romantic" version of the wilderness, but when they are actually in it they become uncomfortable. Something about the perceived loss of conveniences. I grew up in Los Angeles so I kind of get it, but I've always been most comfortable in the wilderness. You can't help where you were born. So now I live in a wonderful cabin with every modern convenience you can think of, at least the ones I choose to have.

Overall, I am looking for someone to share experiences with and who can appreciate learning new things. Age is not a serious concern because the nicest and most caring people I've ever met are from a variety of ages: younger to older than me. I am the most comfortable with people who think in a mature way (especially about serious issues) and have a good sense of humor (and can act like a moron from time to time), yet see the world for what it really is.

A message to the women on okcupid:
Having spent time reading numerous profiles, I've found that in general the women on this site are extremely cautious and protect themselves from predatory men who only want sex rather than a relationship. Many men are idiots and think only with their smaller heads. From what I have read, and yes, I read all the profiles throughly including the questions you answered, I am ashamed to be a guy. Women have it bad. You try to put yourself out there and be honest and open, yet protect yourself at the same time. It is an impossible task, which ultimately doesn't mean much because the men just ignore it anyway and continue to stare at your boobs.

This has made it difficult for guys like me, the nice ones who are honest and considerate, to be taken seriously. This doesn't happen all the time, but enough to make being on this site uncomfortable. I've been scammed three times already, so it is not just woman who must deal with shit-eating people. However, you still have it way worse than I do. Nevertheless, at least give me a good look-over rather than thinking I'm another wack-job. I'm actually nice.

So if you think these several paragraphs are only a psychological ploy to lull you into complacency that results in sex, then you're not someone I want to be with. For the rest of you, I highly recommend interacting with hobbits. We're cool. Oh yeah, the "Personality" section above is ridiculous. I've read numerous profiles that have complaints about how inaccurate it really is. And, it really is.

P. S. We have all joined a human shopping network and at times it doesn't seem fair or even nice. If I don't answer your messages, it is not because ultimately I would never be interested in you as a person, especially if we had actually met. Given the context, we all just have to pick and choose then move on. Please know that I appreciate everyone's comments and the time they took to review my profile.
What I’m doing with my life
As a field biologist, I have had a great number of amazing experiences, from wolves howling to me under the aurora borealis to whales breaching next to our boat, and watching a troubled dog overcome her demons and allow me to join in her journey. Most of my profound experiences have been on my own, mainly because others were not fit enough to hike that deep into the woods, or were never in awe of their surroundings. Others found it unfathomable why I could sacrifice so much time and energy to help another creature. It was only a dog, right? I have always wanted to share these things with someone who "gets it" and is sensitive to their surroundings. So now I am seeking out such a person. My life will continue to astound me in unexpected ways, but it would be nice at some point if there were two instead of one.

Currently I have an online petition to help end the slaughter of wolves in Montana where I live. Although everything is explained in the petition about this issue, it also contains links to the source information involved so that you can make an informed decision. If you are interested click here. The petition will also give you a good idea of who I am and what my life is about.
I’m really good at
Finding wolves, writing, empathy and compassion, and teaching. I am a college professor and have been for 20 years. I've taught a variety of sciences, mostly environmental science and anatomy/physiology to nursing students. I was also an Apple Tech for four years and fixed, maintained and taught people about Apple computers. I also play the piano and my Master's Degree is in neurobiology/animal behavior. So I studied the brain and still read up on it. I have also spent a lifetime helping animals, mostly dogs, and sometimes their situation is imposed upon me:

In October 2012, just before I arrived home in the evening, I saw a black and white dog cross the main highway near my cabin. He was older, emaciated and dying. As I learned later, he had been wandering the wilderness for over two months and ate dirt and bark to relieve his hunger pains. The previous owner had fed him only once or twice a week, or not at all. Although deaf from a shotgun blast next to his head, he managed to evade predators and stay alive. Ultimately, six teeth extractions, all of which oozed pus, and a month of antibiotics, saved his life. I named him Highway and he is a Karelian bear dog. A lifetime of abuse and neglect is now over, and he is a happy little man. A picture of him is in the photo section (until OKC eventually removes it). Although he still struggles to remain in this life, at least his remaining time will be as good as possible. There should be a special hell for people who treat animals like this.

Update: At 17 years of age, Highway died on September 11, 2015. He lived an additional three years with tremendous joy and appreciation. He taught me that know matter what despicable things happen to you in this life, it is always your choice to be happy or not. I don't have many dogs at once, but when I encounter those who will perish without my help, I take them in. If you lack such compassion or empathy, then perhaps I am not the person for you.
The first things people usually notice about me
I'm short :) Then they tune into my sense of humor and end up liking me anyway.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
I am a movie buff and have many hundreds of movies at home to watch when I have the time. I enjoy dramas, action-adventure, romantic comedies or just comedies, and documentaries, especially about historical events and people. Some of my favorites off the top of my head are Gladiator, Contact, Love Actually, The Last Samurai, Oblivion, Deja Vu, Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Just Friends, Dances With Wolves, The Adjustment Bureau, and Inception. The list is endless. As for reading, I enjoy biographies the most because I become intrigued at how others have lived their lives and the lessons they have learned. Although Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter books and movies are cool too.

I am mostly vegetarian and cook the majority of my meals. I like them! I enjoy a variety of music from soft rock to classical. Movie soundtracks are also a favorite because I create music videos. Soundtracks allow my imagination to run wild and I can visualize many images to pair with the music. That is the purpose of a good soundtrack to begin with: to put you in "that place" and feel what it is like. It works for me. Overall all, I'll listen to just about anything, except rap. There are some things you can't "un-hear."
Six things I could never do without
The forest
My dogs
Self respect
I spend a lot of time thinking about
The state of the world, especially environmentally, then try to do something about it. I write for magazines about my research and advocate for the protection of our wildlife.
On a typical Friday night I am
It is the same as any other day. I am blessed to live in a home and area that I can retreat to and feel centered every night.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I saw my grandfather naked once. It couldn't be helped. At first I regretted the experience, but now that I'm older I understand where my body is headed. Good thing he was a handsome man.
You should message me if
You are compassionate, care about the environment and what's in it, outdoorsy, in reasonable shape, honest, faithful, and have a great sense of humor. I know this sounds like my dog, but if a person fits this description please give me a shout.
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