I do live in wolf and grizzly country. I used to pack a .454 cassull whenever I hunted the high country, but now instead of the possibility of a grizzly encounter, I have to consider the possibility of a PACK of wolves.
I usually have my nine year old son with me, so now I have a tac. style twelve gauge riding in my eberlestock
pack to ease my worries. It can be a burden from time to time, but I think the option of only having a bow to defend myself could, in the end, be a bigger burden.