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Dog saves family from wolf attack ( Self Defense does work )
The Province ^ | December 26, 2007 | Lena Sin

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 ...


TOPICS: Canada; News/Current Events; US: Alaska
KEYWORDS: animalrights; ar; banglist; doggieping; g79; predatory; predatorywolf; sss; wolfattack; wolfattacks; wolfpack; wolves; wolvesattack
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" Wolf attacks on humans do happen...so do bear, cougar and even coyote attacks.

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

1 posted on 01/01/2008 9:43:06 PM PST by george76
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To: Eska; redpoll; ASOC; fanfan; GMMAC

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.


2 posted on 01/01/2008 9:47:03 PM PST by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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To: george76

opps! Better ban rottweilers, to effective.


3 posted on 01/01/2008 9:48:10 PM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: yorkie

ping


4 posted on 01/01/2008 9:49:31 PM PST by pandoraou812 ( Its NOT for the good of the children! Its BS along with bending over for Muslim's demands)
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To: george76

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


5 posted on 01/01/2008 9:52:41 PM PST by ArmyTeach (Our soldiers - my heroes)
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To: george76

-—He found the wolf’s 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.


6 posted on 01/01/2008 9:57:19 PM PST by claudiustg (You know it. I know it. I'm optiMITTstic!)
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To: ArmyTeach; GATOR NAVY; RightWhale; Eye of Unk

Where is PETA ?

/s

One does not expects wolves to be killing so many dogs so easily in Fairbanks.


7 posted on 01/01/2008 9:57:34 PM PST by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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To: george76

Wolves never harm humans—just ask the Wisconsin DNR. They’re such beautiful animals. (sarcasm off)


8 posted on 01/01/2008 9:58:08 PM PST by pankot
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To: ArmyTeach

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?


9 posted on 01/01/2008 9:58:41 PM PST by sinanju
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To: george76

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?


10 posted on 01/01/2008 10:01:44 PM PST by Kickass Conservative (Guns don't kill people, gun free zones kill people)
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To: ArmyTeach

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.


11 posted on 01/01/2008 10:03:10 PM PST by sinanju
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To: george76
"There have only been a few documented cases of fatal wolf attacks in North America."

Even if they don't kill you there is also rabies to consider. Wolves get bitten by other animals all the time.

12 posted on 01/01/2008 10:05:21 PM PST by antinomian (Show me a robber baron and I'll show you a pocket full of senators.)
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To: claudiustg; Troublemaker; girlangler; CrappieLuck; Varmint Al; LucyT

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...


13 posted on 01/01/2008 10:05:46 PM PST by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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To: pankot
Remember ?

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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14 posted on 01/01/2008 10:11:05 PM PST by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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To: claudiustg

SSS


15 posted on 01/01/2008 10:12:42 PM PST by Eagles6
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To: Kickass Conservative; Clive; proud_yank

Not in Canada, but they have gun grabbers too.


16 posted on 01/01/2008 10:12:49 PM PST by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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To: antinomian
A wolf killed during an attack on sled dogs in the Yukon River village of Marshall last week has tested positive for rabies, and

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17 posted on 01/01/2008 10:14:56 PM PST by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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To: pandoraou812

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.)


18 posted on 01/01/2008 10:15:55 PM PST by yorkie
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To: sinanju

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.


19 posted on 01/01/2008 10:16:14 PM PST by SatinDoll
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To: george76

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.


20 posted on 01/01/2008 10:21:33 PM PST by DesScorp
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To: sinanju

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...


21 posted on 01/01/2008 10:22:32 PM PST by ArmyTeach (Our soldiers - my heroes)
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To: ArmyTeach

Alas, wolf hybrid stories usually end in tears...


22 posted on 01/01/2008 10:24:08 PM PST by sinanju
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To: pankot

Wild animals would never attack a plump, juicy, ripe...

...ah, Hello Little Red Riding Hood!


23 posted on 01/01/2008 10:25:44 PM PST by captain anode ("love it or leave it" Ramsey is a bottom feeder.)
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To: DesScorp

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.

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/1875274/posts


24 posted on 01/01/2008 10:28:11 PM PST by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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To: DesScorp

To an environmentalist, ANOTHER man is the least important species on the planet.

Only he is the most important ENVIRONMENTALIST in the universe.


25 posted on 01/01/2008 10:30:41 PM PST by captain anode ("love it or leave it" Ramsey is a bottom feeder.)
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To: sinanju

Yeah, often true. But in this case I think ‘Velma’ has probably passed on to canid heaven.


26 posted on 01/01/2008 10:31:45 PM PST by ArmyTeach (Our soldiers - my heroes)
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To: ArmyTeach
There was a German Shepard from a neighboring farm that I used to meet at a particular place in the orchard when I was a kid. We’d run around and play. He ripped the throats out of 5 of our sheep before they figured it out and put him down.
27 posted on 01/01/2008 10:34:03 PM PST by claudiustg (You know it. I know it. I'm optiMITTstic!)
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To: ArmyTeach

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.)


28 posted on 01/01/2008 10:38:07 PM PST by RussP
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To: claudiustg

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


29 posted on 01/01/2008 11:31:38 PM PST by Atchafalaya
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To: sinanju

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.


30 posted on 01/01/2008 11:32:52 PM PST by saganite (Lust type what you what in the “tagline” space)
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To: george76
Bountys worked; was an incentive to trap wolves for rural people. People set snares and check them every 3-4 weeks; everything strangles quick in snare and freezes till april. Ak no.8's are like over 100 bucks, snares not as productive, and fuel costs limit everything. Most locals who trap, concentrate on martin, get a couple wolves a winter. Bountys would stimulate the locals to get out and limit the exploding wolf numbers.

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.

31 posted on 01/01/2008 11:37:52 PM PST by Eska ( the re)
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To: RussP
The two wolfs engaged in attacking easy pray wen surprised by the dog and engaged in life or death fight. No singular wolf would attack a dog similar size or two wolfs a men and a dog similar in size with then. They are opportunistic and survival instinct still rules above being hungry. It’s all in numbers. A pack will attack big game or humans with no hesitation.
32 posted on 01/01/2008 11:42:35 PM PST by Greg67
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To: saganite

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.


33 posted on 01/01/2008 11:46:44 PM PST by Eska ( the re)
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To: ArmyTeach
I don't care if it's 89 % wolf hybred, a wild animal is a wild animal, and can't get from the ( Nature of the Beast ).
The wild animals should be just that, left in the wild.
There is a reason why there is a thing called population management for deers to mange the population of deers.
Same thing goes for wolves, the population should be managed, but, not pushed to the point of extinction.
The same thing goes for forest management, cut down the under growth so we won't have the unnecessary wild fires.
34 posted on 01/02/2008 12:05:22 AM PST by Prophet in the wilderness (PSALM .53 : 1 The FOOL hath said in his heart, there is no GOD.)
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To: Eska
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.

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.

35 posted on 01/02/2008 1:15:20 AM PST by Sparticus (Libs, they're so open minded that their brains leaked out.)
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To: sinanju

My neighbor’s wolf-hybrid story ended up as a motionless lump in my riding ring after it attacked one of my horses


36 posted on 01/02/2008 2:29:07 AM PST by P8riot (I carry a gun because I can't carry a cop.)
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To: pankot

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.


37 posted on 01/02/2008 2:30:06 AM PST by tom paine 2
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To: george76

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.


38 posted on 01/02/2008 3:00:24 AM PST by Captain Rhino ( If we have the WILL to do it, there is nothing built in China that we cannot do without.)
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To: sinanju
"...There have only been a few documented cases of fatal wolf attacks in North America..."

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.

39 posted on 01/02/2008 3:30:23 AM PST by Does so (...against all enemies, DOMESTIC and foreign...)
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To: george76

GOOD DOG!

40 posted on 01/02/2008 4:26:26 AM PST by BufordP (Had Mexicans flown planes into the World Trade Center, Jorge Bush would have surrendered.)
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To: george76; GMMAC; Clive; exg; kanawa; conniew; backhoe; -YYZ-; Former Proud Canadian; Squawk 8888; ..

41 posted on 01/02/2008 4:28:13 AM PST by fanfan ("We don't start fights my friends, but we finish them, and never leave until our work is done."PMSH)
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To: Does so

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. :)


42 posted on 01/02/2008 4:59:55 AM PST by WildcatClan (Vote Hunter for President)
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To: WildcatClan
Any and all stray dogs will *pack* together and may become vicious. That’s natural for them.

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.

43 posted on 01/02/2008 5:20:52 AM PST by wolfcreek (The Status Quo Sucks!)
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To: george76

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.


44 posted on 01/02/2008 5:30:01 AM PST by Steamburg (Your wallet speaks the only language most politicians understand.)
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To: george76
> Earlier this month, wolves attacked dogs in three separate incidents in Prince Rupert, resulting in the death of a young maltese <

Moral of the story:

Never take a Maltese to a wolf fight!

45 posted on 01/02/2008 6:04:15 AM PST by Hawthorn
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To: MizSterious; Kokojmudd; brytlea; Darnright; Sensei Ern; sangrila; rattrap; dervish; sandalwood; ...

Ping


46 posted on 01/02/2008 7:08:32 AM PST by kanawa (Don't go where you're looking, look where you're going.)
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To: sinanju
There are stories of them tearing riders’ horses right out from under them but never, ever gobbling people.

Wolves attacked and killed a man out in the bush in northern Canada about two years ago.

47 posted on 01/02/2008 7:33:33 AM PST by Mogollon
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To: BufordP
That is one handsome dog, I tell ya. An NO! It's not because I'm biased toward Rotties and Rott mixes at all. ;-)

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.

48 posted on 01/02/2008 7:47:22 AM PST by RepoGirl ("Tom, I'm getting dead from you, but I'm not getting Undead..." -- Frasier Crane)
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To: tom paine 2

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.


49 posted on 01/02/2008 7:53:23 AM PST by achilles2000 (Shouting "fire" in a burning building is doing everyone a favor...whether they like it or not)
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To: WildcatClan

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.

# 14 above


50 posted on 01/02/2008 7:57:49 AM PST by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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