Skip to comments.Dog saves family from wolf attack ( Self Defense does work )
Posted on 01/01/2008 9:43:04 PM PST by george76
Day of tobogganing almost ends in tragedy as wolves stalk children.
In the dusky northern light three days before Christmas, two Fort Nelson families came dangerously close to two hungry wolves, until the family dog, Shadow, narrowly averted disaster.
The wolves appeared quietly at about 3:30 p.m. on Dec. 22, as darkness was creeping in on the winter wonderland 100 kilometres east of Fort Nelson, where the families were tobogganing.
About 30 metres away, a sleighful of three children -- one aged four and the others aged three -- were being happily towed along the base of a hill by an all-terrain vehicle.
Father Kyle Keays was oblivious to the danger until he suddenly heard his wife's shriek from the top of the hill.
Shadow, their Rottweiler-cross, had broken from the grasp of Keays' wife and was bounding down the hill toward the wolves, who were moving in toward the children.
"I looked back and saw my dog intercept the lead wolf -- there were two of them. They were heading towards the kids and the dog came in," ...
Being too far from the children, Keays headed to his nearby work camp to grab a rifle.
"The wolves were definitely not afraid,"
There have only been a few documented cases of fatal wolf attacks in North America.
Earlier this month, wolves attacked dogs in three separate incidents in Prince Rupert, resulting in the death of a young maltese...
And a pack of wolves were also reported to have attacked three women and their dogs in Alaska last week, where wolf attacks have been increasing in frequency.
(Excerpt) Read more at canada.com ...
A story like this one is another good illustrator of why we should be allowed to carry hanguns for defense in the wild. Is is absolutely irresponsible of our governments not to permit us to legally carry handguns in the bush. I for one am never in the bush without a firearm, and a story like this one only reinforces my resolve..."
ht : ClaudeFri
Keays, a licensed hunter, followed the tracks, found the wolf about 300 metres away and shot her.
He found the wolf’s carcass the next morning, apparently half-eaten by the other wolf.
opps! Better ban rottweilers, to effective.
Up here just north of Fairbanks we are having our confrontation with a pack of wolves. They have picking off family dogs right out of the family yard
-—He found the wolfs carcass the next morning, apparently half-eaten by the other wolf.-—
Waste not, want not.
A rancher found 3 wolves on his front porch, a short distance from where I hunt and occasionally camp. There is a least one Grizzly in the area as well. I followed its tracks in the snow for quite a ways last winter. Wolves and grizzlies are protected.
Where is PETA ?
One does not expects wolves to be killing so many dogs so easily in Fairbanks.
Wolves never harm humans—just ask the Wisconsin DNR. They’re such beautiful animals. (sarcasm off)
Wolves devour dogs as a matter of course. I recall stories of wolf packs chomping their way down a dog team picket line like a buffet. There are stories of them tearing riders’ horses right out from under them but never, ever gobbling people.
Must be global warming? Er, climate change?
The comment “be allowed” just struck me. Have Canadians given up on being a free people? I guess they did through their choices at the ballot box.
Since I and every other American citizen have the Constitutional right to keep and bear arms, are we going to elect those who want to take away that right come November?
If you’re really cheesed off at them, I would recommend the infamous, grisly halibut hook trap—baited halibut hooks suspended on steel cables from tree limbs. Just the right height for a wolf to jump up and grab the bait, but to be hooked through the jaw and dangle to die slowly and horribly.
Just another piece of colorful Alaskan lore I read somewhere.
Even if they don't kill you there is also rabies to consider. Wolves get bitten by other animals all the time.
The federal beaurocrazies introduced Canadian wolves to Yellowstone, tied all the federal money to Yellowstone, yet they knew the wolves would spread.
Now in Colorado, Idaho, Wyoming...
The father of an Ontario man killed in a wolf attack in northern Saskatchewan says it's a relief to finally have the truth come out.
Not in Canada, but they have gun grabbers too.
When my dad worked in Thule, Greenland, he was always extremely careful as to not fall down. If he were to fall, the wolves would have advanced upon him within seconds. (And, he was also covered by associates with high speed rifles.)
Your statement about wolves never attacking humans is ridiculous. There have been more than one recent case about wolves attacking, killing, and partially eating humans - all occurring in Canada and involving wolves which have been starving. These news stories have appeared on FR. You should search for them as they’ve happened recently.
For years, enviromentalists claimed that there had never been a proven wolf attack on humans. To an environmentalist, man is the least important species on the planet.
Never encountered a wolf in the wild, and I support any measures people take to protect family, home and pets. My neighbor and friend had an 89% wolf hybrid that I really became attached to...
Alas, wolf hybrid stories usually end in tears...
Wild animals would never attack a plump, juicy, ripe...
...ah, Hello Little Red Riding Hood!
A kayaker’s life-and-death struggle with a hungry wolf on B.C.’s remote north coast... has prompted a conservation officer to warn against taking wolf encounters too lightly.
To an environmentalist, ANOTHER man is the least important species on the planet.
Only he is the most important ENVIRONMENTALIST in the universe.
Yeah, often true. But in this case I think ‘Velma’ has probably passed on to canid heaven.
I have a beautiful Alaskan Malamute. I wonder if she could defend me against a wolf. (Not that I expect to see one any time soon near my home in the suburbs.)
Years ago my grandfather bought 20 goats and 8 sheep (huge (or hugh) mistake. He got rid of the goats but kept the sheep (now 15 or so) and we’d find one or two with their throats ripped out and not much else touched. This happened twice and my uncle got pissed; he corralled the sheep in the barn for a week and then staked one out 25 yards from the barn’s loft door. He and I sat there and around 2 AM the pack came by. He had his Browning Light 12 and I had a 16ga Ithaca 37; we both were shooting buckshot. We each fired 5 shots; 2 Collies, 1 German Shepherd, 1 Catahoula, 1 large mixed breed, and two got away. We SSS’ed and never had any more problems. The Collie and Shepherd owners came by looking...TS. I think the ewe that was bait was barren after that episode/S
I read that the old sled teams were mostly made up of Wolf hybrids and were considerably heavier, stronger and tougher than the current breed of sled dog which is bred to run.
I've had yearling wolves walk up my lane, had adults try eating my sled dogs, and had wolves follow my dogteam, until they heard me coming on trip back; then jump off trail. Have chased them on snowmachine on lakes with fresh snow, shot at them on river bank, ect. I'm glad old wolf is here, never want to see him gone, but understand that balance of nature is a load of garbage too.
And you don't want wolves in lower 48 or your elk & deer pops will be 10% of what there are today and that's a fact. Not as many people in Alaska; wolves pretty much stay away from people most of the time. They wouldn't have many places to go in lower 48 where they didn't cause problems.
People haven’t bred wolf blood into sled dogs for 50 years. We have mckensie river bloodlines here where I live; the rural subsistence people who can’t afford snowmachines or fuel use dogteams to haul wood. Feed their dogs salmon from the river.
If you’d ever had a dog come up in your face along the trail; pull out 44 and shoot him on the spot; you’d understand completely why wolf crosses are complete stupidity. A wolf cross would rip your throat out. Completly unpredictable and the reason why so many native kids are hurt & killed by dogs in villages.
This is the primary reason for reintroducing wolves in the lower 48. With all those pretty wolves to eat the excess big game there wont be large enough game populations to allow all those nasty hunters with all their nasty guns to have hunting seasons.
My neighbor’s wolf-hybrid story ended up as a motionless lump in my riding ring after it attacked one of my horses
We live just south of Green Bay. Last winter two wolves walked across our deck at about 4AM in the morning. Our German Shepard went crazy and the wolves just casually sauntered off not fearful at all. scary animals.
Quite a debate between the pro and con sides of the issue going on in the comments section of the actual article. Some additional information about the incident posted there as well from the shooter.
Would released wolf-dog hybrids form a pack?
I've heard no good endings about wolf-dog hybrids: friendly-enough to approach humans, and poor-enough hunters to get skinny.
Yes hybrids will run in packs. I have even run up on packs of wild dogs in the woods before so if wolves and dogs will run in packs then it is natural that a hybrid would do the same.
There have been so many fairly tales about wolves things can get overblown. I don’t think I have ever heard of a wild wolf killing a human in the United States but I think a captive killed a lady in Canada. So no deaths by wolves in the wild in NA as far as I know, but they are wild animals and just because they haven’t doesn’t mean they can’t or won’t. They will and do kill livestock and that is what gets them into trouble, when they start messing with a mans livelihood. Good dogs can counter a lot of that as well as people not feeding them which I can never understand. The ignorance of some people, where wild animals are concerned, defies description. I have seen people do things with wild bears that you would not believe. It is almost as if they have this deep, innate desire to have their head go sailing and end up 30 feet from their body. :)
We’ve had several cases of dogs mixed packs attacking children and other animals in recent years here in Texasalong, with many Coyote attacks. My best friend’s Mom was killed by a pack of neighbor’s supposedly *peaceful* Rot/Pit mixes. They tore her to shreds in her own front yard.
Singling out certain breeds will not cure any problems. Most of the problems stem from owner negligence/ignorance.
Socialist infiltration into even Fairbanks. They tout natural selection over creationism, but refuse to let it work both ways.
Ain’t civilization grand. We have worked several millennium to get to the top of the food chain and now the socialists are trying to turn us into prey so they can have meaning.
Moral of the story:
Never take a Maltese to a wolf fight!
Wolves attacked and killed a man out in the bush in northern Canada about two years ago.
My magnificent Ursa defended our house against a black bear when she was a mere pup. Apparently, her bark was big enough to send that thing scampering for the woods.
If you had kangals http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kangal_Dog, anatolians http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anatolian_Shepherd_Dog, or Ovcharkas http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ovcharka the wolves would probably keep their distance. The Ovcharka does especially well in very cold climates.
There are some other breeders that would kill wolves, but they aren’t suited to a hard winter climate.
The father of an Ontario man killed in a wolf attack in northern Saskatchewan says it’s a relief to finally have the truth come out.
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