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Wolves stealing Yukon Quest trail markers
Fairbanks Daily News-Miner ^ | Feb. 11, 2012 | Suzanna Caldwell

Posted on 02/11/2012 7:37:22 PM PST by redpoll

DAWSON CITY, Yukon - There are a lot of problems that can befall trail markers — treacherous conditions, dangerous overflow, deep snow and trails littered with fallen brush.

But an unexpected challenge for the Canadian Rangers who broke the Yukon Quest trail in Canada? Wolves stealing trail markers.

(Excerpt) Read more at newsminer.com ...


TOPICS: Canada; Culture/Society; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events; US: Alaska
KEYWORDS: dogsledracing; environment; wolves
We live in an interesting place sometimes.
1 posted on 02/11/2012 7:37:37 PM PST by redpoll
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To: redpoll
Ohhh. Dawson City. And there are problems. Who could have anticipated problems for folks that live where the sun only shines for a few months a year, wolves have a significant population, and bars are open 24 hours a day?

Love Alaska. Not for me. Been there, done that, got the wrist band from the hospital. I'll stick with cactus and rattlesnakes (pun intended). At least I know the steps to deal with those threats. ;)

/johnny

2 posted on 02/11/2012 7:48:04 PM PST by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: redpoll

Canines will be canines.

When my Weimaraner, now 5 years old, was about a year and a half old, he took a brief, unauthorized trip around the neighborhood, and returned with a “gift” for me: a survey stake, orange survey tape still attached, which he had pulled out of the ground from the lot next door, where construction of a house was soon to begin. I’m guessing the surveyors and contractors were none too happy, as they likely had to resurvey a couple of points.


3 posted on 02/11/2012 7:50:02 PM PST by southernnorthcarolina ("Better be wise by the misfortunes of others than by your own." -- Aesop)
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To: southernnorthcarolina

Every time our Blue Heeler gets out, she comes back with ‘treasures’ she neatly organizes in the mud room where she sleeps. The last one was someone’s garden gnome.


4 posted on 02/11/2012 8:01:18 PM PST by mnehring
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To: southernnorthcarolina

Nah - I’m sure they “eye-ball’em(sic) em in” Navy vets will understand what I’m referring to most likely.


5 posted on 02/11/2012 8:01:53 PM PST by reed13k (Knight Rampant Bibliophile, Protector of Knowledge, Purveyor of Inquiry, Defender of Aged Wisdom, an)
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To: redpoll

Because of hospitalization, other commitments, etc. I have been prevented from going to Alaska on several trips with family, friends, colleagues, etc.

When they got back from their trips and showed their videos it seemed like there never was a full-sunshine bright sunny day. Many days were almost totally overcast, or had just a hint of sunshine, but never a bright cheerful sunny day. It often looked windy and drizzly, too. I noticed the same thing last summer in the “Sarah Palin’s Alaska” series she did. It struck me as being very depressing.

That dreary stuff does not tempt me at all.


6 posted on 02/11/2012 8:13:16 PM PST by Tucker39 ( Psa 68:19Blessed be the Lord, who daily loadeth us with benefits; even the God of our salvation.KJV)
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To: redpoll
History repeats itself. Supposedly wolves took away the boundary markers when Gaius Gracchus was trying to establish a Roman colony at Carthage.

That was just a lie spread by his enemies. We now know that George W. Bush was removing the markers.

7 posted on 02/11/2012 8:14:38 PM PST by Verginius Rufus
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Are they making the trail markers out of bacon?

Mark


8 posted on 02/11/2012 8:24:12 PM PST by MarkL (Do I really look like a guy with a plan?)
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To: Tucker39
Of course the other side of the coin is summertime when the sun does not go down till after midnight and the fish are biting from sun up to sun down.


9 posted on 02/11/2012 8:25:02 PM PST by American in Israel (A wise man's heart directs him to the right, but the foolish mans heart directs him toward the left.)
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To: redpoll

when the wolves start taking the markers, and rearrangeing them to point to their lairs....then we are in serious trouble!!!


10 posted on 02/11/2012 8:36:04 PM PST by terycarl (lurking, but well informed)
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To: mnehring
Every time our Blue Heeler gets out, she comes back with ‘treasures’ she neatly organizes in the mud room where she sleeps. The last one was someone’s garden gnome

why on earth would you ever allow your dog to violate someone else's property????? I love dogs and cats, but ONLY when they are properly supervised, and that does not mean when they are walked to do their thing on someone else's land. That's what a .22 with a scope is for.

11 posted on 02/11/2012 8:41:18 PM PST by terycarl (lurking, but well informed)
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To: JRandomFreeper

Scientists now class the wolf and the domestic dog as the same species. (The same has not been done for the domestic cat and any wild species. So cats are special. Nyaa.) Seems logical enough that anything that might be subject to dog mischief, would be subject to wolf mischief.


12 posted on 02/11/2012 8:50:41 PM PST by HiTech RedNeck (Sometimes progressives find their scripture in the penumbra of sacred bathroom stall writings (Tzar))
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To: redpoll
When the wolves start replanting them so as they lead to an ambush spot then some Alaskan genetic researcher will have some explaining to do. It would make a very good B horror film right along with the mutant alligators and spiders.
13 posted on 02/11/2012 8:51:41 PM PST by dog breath
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To: Verginius Rufus

If Gracchus was using paper/papyrus as part of the marker, he was asking for it. Dogs/wolves usually don’t bother stones, however.


14 posted on 02/11/2012 8:52:51 PM PST by HiTech RedNeck (Sometimes progressives find their scripture in the penumbra of sacred bathroom stall writings (Tzar))
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To: American in Israel

This WAS summertime......that’s why I was so disappointed to see the constant dreary weather. Land of the Midnight Sun? Land of the Midnight Mostly Overcast might be more accurate.

I WISH I could see evidence that I’m WRONG. I’m intrigued by the THOUGHT of Alaska. I even memorized several poems by Robert Service about the Yukon and Alaska, and the Gold Rush. I checked into Real Estate For Sale in Wasilla. But the pix I saw of the WEATHER did NOT charm me at all.

The sweet little girl and the mess of fish are very nice....but.....please forgive me..... the sun doesn’t look bright enough to even cast much of a shadow.


15 posted on 02/11/2012 8:53:19 PM PST by Tucker39 ( Psa 68:19Blessed be the Lord, who daily loadeth us with benefits; even the God of our salvation.KJV)
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To: American in Israel; Tucker39
Of course the other side of the coin is summertime when the sun does not go down till after midnight and the fish are biting from sun up to sun down.

In the 2009 move "The Proposal" there was a scene in which the family (living in Alaska) had heavy shades on the windows of the house especially around the bedroom. This was so they could still get a decent night's sleep during those endless sunny summer nights.

16 posted on 02/11/2012 8:53:19 PM PST by thecodont
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To: dog breath

Mebbe a sequel to Stephen King’s “Pet Semetary”?


17 posted on 02/11/2012 8:54:41 PM PST by HiTech RedNeck (Sometimes progressives find their scripture in the penumbra of sacred bathroom stall writings (Tzar))
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To: Tucker39

The sun seems to be way over on the left based on the hill shadows. Her own shadow mostly falls on that lake water.


18 posted on 02/11/2012 8:57:04 PM PST by HiTech RedNeck (Sometimes progressives find their scripture in the penumbra of sacred bathroom stall writings (Tzar))
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To: thecodont

Yes. You’re right. I remember that scene........and I honestly don’t remember another bright sunny scene in the whole movie. Sandy Bullock lit up the screen, though. ;o)


19 posted on 02/11/2012 8:58:54 PM PST by Tucker39 ( Psa 68:19Blessed be the Lord, who daily loadeth us with benefits; even the God of our salvation.KJV)
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To: redpoll

Easily resolved with metal or concrete marker.


20 posted on 02/11/2012 9:04:45 PM PST by rawhide
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To: redpoll

Easily resolved with a metal or concrete marker.


21 posted on 02/11/2012 9:05:16 PM PST by rawhide
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To: redpoll

I’d have to guess it might have something to do with a male lifting its leg and marking, and another competing male coming alon....

kinda like at a Liberal gay bar.....


22 posted on 02/11/2012 9:09:26 PM PST by sbark
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To: redpoll
It was 45 today here in Eagle, pretty nice. I've been punching a new trail back into the mnts behind house this winter; about 5 miles so far and there's this huge lick at base of mnt the moose been using for hundreds of years. Snow was waist deep, tough dragging a chainsaw through that stuff and can't ride on top with skandic due to trees.

THe Quest moved through here on Tues-Wed. Wolves pulling markers has been occurring for many years. I see more wolves along river every year too.

I see new people every Spring, going to live off the land, do it all; by following March, they are packed waiting for road to open so they can head for the border, ha. Alaska sure ain't for everybody and I'm glad of that. The minus 60 for a couple weeks doesn't bother me all that much. When I go into Fairbanks and see all the people, houses, traffic, congestion, just all the filth; now that bothers me. I couldn't imagine the lower 48 after all these years out here; guess I've found the place that makes me happy & complete.

23 posted on 02/11/2012 9:13:39 PM PST by Eska
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To: mnehring
The last one was someone’s garden gnome.

LOL!

24 posted on 02/11/2012 10:43:39 PM PST by b9 (NEWT all the way)
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Never, never make trail markers out of wool. Jeez...


25 posted on 02/11/2012 10:45:59 PM PST by Gene Eric (Newt/Sarah 2012)
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To: Eska

It’s sweater weather up here in Fairbanks. :-) Won’t last long. :-(


26 posted on 02/11/2012 10:50:40 PM PST by ArmyTeach (OnyoneAur liberties we prize and our rig hts we will maintain ... USS Iowa BB 61)
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To: redpoll

Hey redpoll,
Couple years ago the family took a jeep to S.W. Colorado and drove Big Red.
Using fire trails we were three thousand feet above the timber line.
There were markers at various intersections but none led to where they indicated.
We finally made it to Ouray after dark and at the motel the clerk told us the local kids would go up on the mountain and either steal the signs or turn them so as to have touristas go the wrong way usually dozens of milse from anything other than ice flows.


27 posted on 02/12/2012 3:47:03 AM PST by Joe Boucher ((FUBO) Hey Mitt, F-you too pal)
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To: Tucker39
This WAS summertime......that’s why I was so disappointed to see the constant dreary weather. Land of the Midnight Sun? Land of the Midnight Mostly Overcast might be more accurate.

I WISH I could see evidence that I’m WRONG. I’m intrigued by the THOUGHT of Alaska. I even memorized several poems by Robert Service about the Yukon and Alaska, and the Gold Rush. I checked into Real Estate For Sale in Wasilla. But the pix I saw of the WEATHER did NOT charm me at all.

The sweet little girl and the mess of fish are very nice....but.....please forgive me..... the sun doesn’t look bright enough to even cast much of a shadow.
Don't that just beat all? After reading your first post I immediately typed in a search for The Cremation of Sam McGee and here you go mentioning Mr.Service in the next post I read just after my search completes.

I first heard that back in the late 50s to early 60s -- dunno why my momma thought it was appropriate for a real little boy, but I never forgot it after she read it to me.
28 posted on 02/12/2012 5:03:51 AM PST by Peet (Cogito ergo dubito.)
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To: redpoll
Those Alaskans are smart....slathered the markers in pig fat to keep islamics away
29 posted on 02/12/2012 5:11:33 AM PST by spokeshave (Mitt will release his tax returns when 0bambi releases his Birth Certificate and grades)
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To: JRandomFreeper

For the record........ Dawson City is in the Yukon, not Alaska.

I know, I know, it’s all up there, but like Iran and Iraq, there are real actual differences that are both over there


30 posted on 02/12/2012 5:15:51 AM PST by bert (K.E. N.P. +12 ..... Crucifixion is coming)
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To: southernnorthcarolina

“When my Weimaraner, now 5 years old, was about a year and a half old, he took a brief, unauthorized trip around the neighborhood, and returned with a “gift” for me: a survey stake, orange survey tape still attached, which he had pulled out of the ground from the lot next door, where construction of a house was soon to begin.”

I trained my Golden Retriever to fetch the paper. One Sunday I got up and he had “fetched” about 10 of my neighbors papers. I got to play paperboy that morning.


31 posted on 02/12/2012 5:19:59 AM PST by dljordan ("Tyranny, like Hell, is not easily conquered.")
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To: redpoll

Ahhhh.....new speeding ticket defense......the wolves hate traffic signs and were covering up the speed limit signs.

“Honest Officer, I didn’t know the speed limit was 55 here. I haven’t seen any speed limit signs. Wait a minute.....was that a pack of wolves covering up a sign a couple of miles back? At first, I thought it was a bunch of cheerleader dogs making a pyramid.”


32 posted on 02/12/2012 6:32:05 AM PST by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: terycarl
why on earth would you ever allow your dog to violate someone else's property?????

Not on purpose. She is extremely smart and has even learned to turn a dead bolt or pop the latch on the gate in the back yard. Luckily this is a small gated neighborhood and my neighbors and I just get a laugh out of it.

33 posted on 02/12/2012 7:50:26 AM PST by mnehring
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To: Tucker39
Many days were almost totally overcast, or had just a hint of sunshine, but never a bright cheerful sunny day.

Welcome to Seattle.

34 posted on 02/12/2012 10:09:09 AM PST by E. Pluribus Unum (FOREIGN AID: A transfer of money from poor people in rich countries to rich people in poor countries)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

My “Baby Brother” and his family live in Seattle. I have visited several times, and like it. Although it does rain quite a bit, there are also many sunny days......unlike my impression of AK, where it never quite seems able to squeeze out a TOTALLY bright and sunny day. I don’t even mind big white puffy clouds. We get lottsa’ them here in Pennsyltucky.....but BETWEEN the clouds there are periods of bright sunshine. Thanks for the reply.


35 posted on 02/12/2012 4:19:25 PM PST by Tucker39 ( Psa 68:19Blessed be the Lord, who daily loadeth us with benefits; even the God of our salvation.KJV)
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To: Joe Boucher

We finally made it to Ouray after dark...

I remember elk hunting up that way and the
christmas lights of Ouray looked just like
some swiss village from where we were up on
the ridge. We were drop camped the next valley
over under the China wall.


36 posted on 02/12/2012 4:33:36 PM PST by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: tet68

Real pretty, real rugged country up there.
Can’t imagine digging in a small tunnel for silver there a hundred years ago or so.


37 posted on 02/13/2012 3:35:53 AM PST by Joe Boucher ((FUBO) Hey Mitt, F-you too pal)
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To: Tucker39

Well, Wasilla is mostly overcast, that is why the temp is moderate in the winter. A ring of mountains capture the warm air from the sound. It puts a cloud cap on the valley and traps the warm air in.

Yep, sun is not as bright. Thats Alaska for ya.

Best not come up, Alaska gets in your blood and you might find yourself happily trapped up here.

I got 35 Coho last year... In one day... Dipnetting...

BWAhahahaha. I love it! Had two moose sleeping in the neighbors yard this morning. Ever eaten moose?

Oh, my... better than beef!


38 posted on 02/13/2012 3:27:23 PM PST by American in Israel (A wise man's heart directs him to the right, but the foolish mans heart directs him toward the left.)
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To: reed13k

Nah - I’m sure they “eye-ball’em(sic) em in” Navy vets will understand what I’m referring to most likely.

///////////////////////////////////////////////////////////

Nah the hole in the ground will still be there.
retired CPO


39 posted on 02/13/2012 5:52:50 PM PST by W. W. SMITH (Obama is Romney lite)
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To: terycarl

And a 30-06 is for any neighbor that shoots my dog. I live in middle TN, if you do also, move!


40 posted on 02/13/2012 5:58:08 PM PST by W. W. SMITH (Obama is Romney lite)
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To: W. W. SMITH
And a 30-06 is for any neighbor that shoots my dog. I live in middle TN, if you do also, move!

put a baby bottle nipple over the end of the .22. It makes no noise whatsoever, dog just falls over dead. Now, in your yard it is perfectly safe, in my yard it is in imminent danger.

41 posted on 02/13/2012 8:22:38 PM PST by terycarl (lurking, but well informed)
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