Skip to comments.Gray Wolves Rebound, To Neighbors' Unease
Posted on 05/31/2010 10:11:30 AM PDT by STONEWALLS
"HARRISON, Wis. David Schoone, a farmer in this lush region of northern Wisconsin, says a lone gray wolf sneaked up on his school-age daughter three years ago as she bounced on a trampoline in his backyard.
More recently, Mr. Schoone was chased into his pickup truck by a wolf, and his cousin's wife had to run from two wolves that descended on her from opposite sides of a shed. This month, he lost two young steer to wolves.
"We gotta watch all the time," said Mr. Schoone, 43 years old, who carries a loaded rifle when he works in his fields or goes for a walk, even though he can only legally shoot a wolf in the act of attacking a human. "They don't show any fear of us."
(Excerpt) Read more at online.wsj.com ...
They make great “shovel ready” projects. The new code of the old west.
...one more thing...as the deer population has exploded across the country, is it any wonder that mountain lions, coyotes and wolves are prospering?
That’s not the worst of it....in Wisconsin we are having increasing populations of cougars that are in close proximity to humans, and lots of ignorant tree hugger whackos that think 200 pound apex predators are harmless and that we should give them belly rubs.
I kind of hope you are talking about the progressives and tree huggers who reintroduced them. Maybe the wolves can learn to be like super coyotes and keep the rest of the herd healthy. Like America, they have chosen to let a predator thrive among them.
Eco-nut idiots! there was a reason that our ancestors worked so hard to get rid of wolves, they are one of the more dangerous animals around. Now we not only repopulate areas that were once safe but we make it a crime to kill them. I guess SSS is the only way to deal with this kind of idiot policy.
Climb a tree is about it...
Upper Midwest/outdoors/rural list ping!
The spaces are wide, the ground easy to work consequently the grey wolves should not be much of a problem to someone that recognizes the problem.
Another enviro nazi mistake...We need wolves because??
Smoke a pack a day!
I think I’ll make a fotochop of a guy with a rifle in one hand, a shovel in the other and a gag over his mouth.
There’s a reason the settlers hunted creatures like wolves, cougars, and grizzly to near extinction - a reason that liberals whose knowledge of these animals is gleaned from Disney movies don’t understand.
So you have to actually wait until the human is attacked to shoot the wolf. The stupidity of liberals is infinite.
I’m in SW Wi, and well S. of the Wi wolf locations. We have a Catahoula Leopard Dog, which has some similarities to the Plott Hound. Catahoula’s were bred for hunting bear and wild boar. They’re “headers” instead of “heelers.” Heelers go for the heels of the animals and chase. Headers go to the head of the animal— with wild boars, they’ll dash in at the head and aggravate the boar until it chases it back to the catch pen. If the boar loses interest, a header will go back to the animal, re-aggravate it all the way back to the catch pen.
We also have a heeler. So when they were younger they could really entertain themselves. The Catahoula running out front, and the border collie/ACD running chase. The perfect playmates, really. Both of them have big egos and so they also thought they were doing the perfect job! LOL!!!
The Catahoula is now 13 years 7 months old, which is amazing, given she’s also large for the breed, and may have some Dane in her. The Border collie will be 13 in June.
Right now my concerns are coyotes and black bear.
We haven’t had much in the way of black bear, but the last few years and especially the last few weeks have brought news of black bear sightings in the area. Even if a confrontation could be avoided, the Catahoula’s instinct would kick in and she would be right there in the bear’s face. She has heart, and in her younger years, I think she’d come out okay. But time takes it’s toll on us, and Zoe’s not exempt. I’m afraid if she decided to take on a bear, it would mean her end. And Tucker, the BC, would be right there in the midst of the fray.
The coyotes I haven’t been too worried about, but the packs have been growing, they are close and they are getting bolder. Two came down and took a couple of the neighbors’ ducks in mid-afternoon, with the neighbors yelling, running and waving arms at them. It was over and done before they could get to the shotgun.
The coyotes do run on our land, and I hate it when I’m walking our dogs at night and a distant, lone, spine-tingling howl escalates to the night sky.
I used to love that sound. But now, more often than not, it starts another pack off, and it turns out that pack is only 300 feet away (if that). Frequently it turns out they’ve maneuvered between you with the dogs and the house.
Back when I had our one remaining Dobe, Katie, we’d walk at night and the coyotes would sound off, and Katie would be cool as a cucumber. “Thank you Katie, for not revealing our location,” I would whisper to her with an added little pat on the shoulders.
Zoe and Tucker, on the other hand, feel compelled to tell the coyotes just what they think of them. If I were to translate it here, I would be banned... ;-)
Am hoping neither bears nor coyotes will become problems for us...
They average about 80 to 120 pnds. So a pack of such will take down about anything around.
I work right amongst them in the woods. You get to looking around before you get off a machine.
Oh Yes...I pack a pistol where ever I go up here.
PLOTTS - This breed makes a fine companion. Loyal and intelligent, the Plott Hound is quick to learn and quick to love and is good with children. Their personable natures are surely not evident on the trail. This large game hunter and scenthound has great courage. Determined, courageous and proud, it will play chicken with a 500-pound bear or a wildly, angry boar.
A little smaller perhaps than a gray wolf, but no freaking slouch. If wolves got these lads, as you correctly point out - look out !
“A little smaller perhaps than a gray wolf, but no freaking slouch. If wolves got these lads, as you correctly point out - look out !”
AMEN...any hunter that has spent time chasing bear with Plott hounds has stories of their acts of courage...that’s why the two killed by wolves really shook people up...I don’t people who live around wolves for shooting them on sight.
...I dont BLAME people who live around wolves for shooting them...
Plotts are real good family dogs, better than any other coon hounds we ever had back east. We have had past problems with local drunk Indians kicking doors in at 2 am. The plotts cured all of that junk quick. Indians all said I should shoot those maneaters. I told them: Why would I want to do that, they are such good judges of character. Actually, most of the local Indians are super decent, good sharing, non-judgmental people, got to like them. They just have a tough time with the booze and puts them outta their minds. But they sure paid attention to my plotts after I put them on them that night. Plotts are great family dogs, once you can get them to stay around the house, have that insane desire to hunt.
If youd like to be on or off this Upper Midwest/outdoors/rural list please FR mail me. And ping me is you see articles of interest.
just a quick update— I think starting Thurs. night there have been several black bear sightings in Verona (yes _in_ Verona) as well as the surrounding areas.
Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.