Originally Posted by RockyMtnMT
I think there are more wolf encounters than we get to hear about. We had one here in my neck of the woods last fall that never hit the papers. Evidently the powers that be decided that it did not need to be reported. A woman was walking her dog and was knocked to the ground by a wolf that was going after her dog.
I don't think the wolf got his fearsome reputation over the centuries because of his looks. We have very little documentation of wolf attacks because we were actively exterminating them. I am not calling for extermination, but I am not sure if there is enough room for both of us. The wolves that we have here in MT now seem to be different than the wolves that we used to have. We have always had small population. The wolves we have now seem to be much more destructive than what we used to have. I have read that they are not timber wolves, but tundra wolves. And that they have killed what few native wolves that we had.
I'll say it again. Pandora's box is open, and untill our people are hungry and feal an effect at the grocery store, nothing will be done about it. When it is decided to do something about it, it will be a monumental task. Teach your kids to hunt now so that your grand kids will be able to hear the stories.
+1. saveelk.com details a few of these encounters, but I know myself of several others (among many more I don't know about) from family and friends in MT that were quite threatening in their nature. Have had several close encounters with the critters while kayaking along the west coast of Vancouver Island over the years. Wake up with wolf tracks in the sand circling the tent, or a huge 'pile' deposited 20' from the tent that wasn't there last night, etc. Landed on a beach all of a sudden there's a wolf standing 40' that's not that interesting in moving off, etc. The other's I've run into, tucked tail and ran the other way, however. There's been several attacks on kayakers by wolves on the west coast of Vancouver Island over the years, one of them mentioned on saveelk.com.
They are here to stay now but need to be handled like AK is handling them--like WY wants to. The idea of introducing to MT, ID and WY a non-native subspecies that was not here in the first place using hunting taxdollars in part to finance it and then calling this new subspecies endangered--what irony, what abuse of common sense and the law as a means to and end and what a joke.
Now they spreading to every other state in the west. A couple of years ago, it was documented the WA had it's first pups born over by Winthrop. OR has them, CO has them, NM has them.
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