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August 16, 2006

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A Warning from the Wolves

Again, this deals only marginally with guns, but it’s a spooky story, so I’ll pass it along. It concerns a friend of mine named James who operates a hunting/fishing lodge on the southern coast of Alaska, and kept his two English setters there to do some bird hunting.

If the dogs were not getting worked regularly, James would send them out with one of the guides, who rode a 4-wheeler and followed the pair to keep an eye on them. Except one day he didn’t, and noticed after a while that one of the setters had gone exploring, which is not a good idea for a setter in wolf country.

He ran the other dog back to the lodge and then went looking, and what he found made his blood run cold. There, following the tracks of the setter, were the saucer-sized pawprints of a wolf. It was obvious that the dog was aware of its danger and running for its life, but against a wolf it had no chance. When the guide looked up he saw the wolf—a 140-pound dun-colored animal, which was the pack’s alpha male—with the dead setter in his jaws, like a terrier with a rat.

He gunned the 4-wheeler and chased the wolf to the edge of a bog, and in his rage tried to follow, but the 4-wheeler started to sink, and it looked like the wolf would escape—but then it made a mistake. It leaped from the bog and ran down the beach. The guide wrenched the 4-wheeler free and followed at top speed, firing with a .44 magnum revolver as he went.

One of the bullets hit the wolf, which stopped, and the guide rammed him with the 4-wheeler, killing him. The guide brought the dead wolf back to the lodge, and he and James went to bury the setter. They dug a deep hole, laid the dog in it, filled it, and left, heads bowed in sorrow.

The next day the local hermit showed up at the lodge.

“You ought to bury that poor dog of yours,” he said to James, “it isn’t right to leave him lying there.”

James and the guide went to the grave and found it was empty. The wolves had dug up the setter, dragged it to the spot where the alpha male had killed it, and left it. As a warning? Who knows? And so the alpha male’s hide decorates the lodge’s walls, and the setter--there is one left--is not let out of sight. And the wolves are still there, waiting.

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Luke

The problem with the entire world is ignorance and close-mindedness. This remains true for the entire debate regarding wolves, feral cats, feral dogs, feral pigs and the rest of animals that are considered pests. It is funny to me that few of you who scoff at the idea of shooting feral cats and dogs would have no trouble shooting a feral pig while a pig is probably no more destructive to the unnatural environment it is in. A pig in a barn or a dog in a house is right at home causing no problems, as is a wolf in the big woods. People need to understand that animals need to be controlled and managed as so they do not become pests. Also, regarding political parties, i agree with lewis black.
"The only thing dumber then a republican or a democrat is when these pricks try to work together."

Mike

Brian......and just what type dog do you have...Damn few, if any, domesticated dogs stand a chance against a wolf. PERIOD!

Brian

Hey luke i've got an american pitbull terrier that is used for wild hog hunting, he's got over 200 hogs under his belt of collar i should say. He weighs around 70lbs and easily takes on boars well over 200lbs. I have the full confidense that a wolf won't stand a chance against a well bred hog hunting apbt

Brian

Oh my bad i meant that towards mike

Brian

Oh yea and there are many breeds of dogs that quite frequently kill wolves because that is what they were bred to do. Most of them are some type of large sheep guarding dog

Mike

Oh i know there ARE types of dogs bred to take down wolves....tis why i asked.

Lone

Wolves have started making their presence known where I live, in Northwest Arkansas, which to my knowledge is not their normal habitat. My neighbor and I spotted one in his north cattle pasture in May of this year, rather brazenly staring down his cows in broad daylight. Neighbor tried to shoot it with the .223 he had handy (usually kept for coyotes) but it was a good 250 yards away or more and he missed, and the critter ran off. I was a bit surprised to see one so close to the house. I've never seen them around here before where I live in the Ozarks.

My dog is merely a Schnauzer, all of 25 lbs, and is housebroken and so stays indoors when I'm not there to watch him for just such a reason.




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