- Jan 28, 2011
That's a tough question. I'll give you a popular perspective as an example. Elk were not native to Idaho, man introduced them. Fast forward 100 years, Elk heards are thriving and man decides to introduce another species, Wolf. Now man is pissed off at Wolf and the Feds for shoving them down his throat with no say in the matter. Result: Here's where your crappy end of the stick comes in to play. Like you I am not trying to start anything, just friendly debate. Maybe it's right maybe it's not, who am I to say? To be honest with you I think a Wolf Howl is awesome, but on the other hand I hate to see what they have done to my favorite hunting grounds.
The first proven record of a wolf killing a human took place in canada a few years back, there have been many speculted deaths and black bears have ended up being the culprit in most of them, not saying wolves haven't killed before.. this was just the first proven situation, the person was a healthy adult male who was hiking in the winter in a remote area, evidence at the scene lead to him encountering the wolves and running= dead. always stand your ground against canines and cats, they are adept at killing fleeing prey, when you stand your ground instict makes them try to intimidate you to run, if you don't run it confuses them and makes them feel you are more dangerous than they anticipated.
the danger from these wolves would not come until their interaction with people became extremely frequent, but even then they are mostly a curious animal. I lived in tents on the alaska penisula and the yakatat area for whole summers, the wolves got used to us but always seemed respectful. The alaskan " call of the wild " image wolves got, and the assumtion that they were extremely dangerous comes out of the fact that wolves did attack camps... for the sled dogs, not the people or their food, I personaly have encountered wolves many times.. never had an issue with them, now wild dogs... dangerous, and scary in my book.
I stand corrected, although the state of alaska still refuses to catgorize it as a wolf kill.. but it was. Very unfortunate, she was even wearing pepper spray. Im gonna correct myself even more.. in the 20th century there have been 20-30 wolf attacks in north america, coyotes were catagorized with wolves in this data, severly skewing the credibility of the reseach. All of the attacks that were investigated all but 2 were the results of rabies, three of those attacks were fatal, 2 of them occured in the last five years, in areas where wolves have always been present and wolf control is practiced yearly. by comparison in the same time period 71 people were confirmed killed by grizzly/ Brown bears. meanwhile 300 kills by domestic dogs in just 1980-1990, so even if you cut that number for the decade in half- 150 x it by ten for the century it would be wolves 3 dogs 1500... so I guess the main point im trying to make is don't let fear rule your life... unless it involves your own dog.. as for predation, the areas I hunt, clarke fork, Moon pass, salmo/priest, and B marshal... the black bears are whats putting a real ding in the elk populations, same as with cattle, dogs, cats, and bears and those dumb ass ranchers own fences kill more cows than any wolf pack could possibly dream of, we should start selling tags for them on e-bay, and finally odfw can have the money they say they need to work with-Not trying to split hairs here but last year a female jogger was killed in alaska, I believe it was in March.
Regardless, we agree it's pretty remote.