If you are going to hunt in wolf country you might want to take a few extra pitbulls, shar-peis, or presa canarios to guard your hounds while they do their job sniffing out cats or other predators.
If there are no dogs in Heaven, I’ll be asking for an upgrade....
but also because he called a local game biologist who told him that our dogs were killed not 500 yards from a known denning site. According to the biologist they dont publicize information like that because people might disrupt the wolves.
Oh effing please! As the story relates, it ain’t the dogs that were the issue. “I have hunted these mountains many times but I have never experienced fear like I did on that hike”.
It was the humans who realized the fix they were in. Wolves are a part of wilderness, and wilderness is what our forefathers spent a great deal of time and effort ridding this country of. Morons intent on bringing wilderness back, are just that, morons,
Game bioligists who know stuff aren’t helping. I wonder what the hunters actions would have been had they been briefed on den locations prior to the hunt.
Sorry, but I don’t really don’t think it’s any sadder that these dogs got killed, than that the lions you’ve “taken” got killed. Leave the wild animals alone and quit forcing your domesticated dogs to run around in the wilderness pissing off wild animals.
I have an old Army buddy that runs dogs for mountain lions, etc. in Idaho. He tells me that the wolves are getting bad there but Idaho is getting ready to release another 100 wolf permits. He told me that about a month ago and I’m sure he will appreciate this story. My old hunting grounds in Northern Wisconsin are getting full of them too. I was back for a wedding last year and I had a guy tell me he won’t go out for a walk with his dog without his .45 for fear of wolves — they were brave enough that a few of them “surrounded” one of his neighbors. thank you for the post. most interesting.
“Your neighborhood” ping.
It is unfortunate that is has happened it is a serious lost. Dogs are dogs wolves are wolves. Yes dogs are descents of wolves however years and years of breed have made domesticated dogs the ways they are however wolves are still the same they have not changed. They are still going to have the same instinctual pack drives Honestly as a Professional Dog Trainer I understand your lost but also understanding dog Language you also need to understand the wolf side of it to. Because their behavior is not going to change. Your dogs crossed over into their territory. I believe that the 500 yards is not a good distant. I believe that the Biologists should give people/hunter that are hunting a range of 5 Square miles which = 3,200 acres from a wolf den this still does not give a full guarantee of you not crossing paths with the pack, being that a larger Wolf pack territory can run within 301 Square Miles being that 301 square miles equals to 192,640 Acres. Territories can over lap each other which can become deadly. As you saw with your dogs. Wolves are extremely territorial animals as are some dogs are still imprinted with this instinctual behavior. If you learn to understand wolf behavior language and communication you will understand ever dog in the world including a hound dog.
Again I am so so sorry for you lost however if you are going to hunt in Wolf territory you should stay within closer range of your hunting dogs. As a Hunter myself with hunting dogs I can understand your dilemma however we keep our dogs within 300 yards of us this way if something attacks our dogs we kill the attacker/(S).