Son #1 when he would come over, we'd pop rabbits to keep them out of my flower gardens in the back.. He said when he tells his buddy's he and his mother shoot rabbits off the deck, they don't believe him...(but it was just BB guns, hurt but did't kill.) After 3 years, no rabbits came into my back yard...(I think they whispered to each other like in the tale of Peter Rabbit) **Don't go into Mr Mcgreggors garden, your father never returned from there.** :O)
How awful! I’m so sorry about the loss of your best friend. I walked outside one day because my outside dogs were having fits. There was a huge gray wolf standing in the yard on the other side of the fence looking at my dogs. I was startled to see a wolf because I didn’t think we had gray wolves here. It ran off when it saw me. I wasn’t so concerned about my three outside dogs because one is a 110lb Bloodhound and the other two are 60lb Mountain Curs. What did worry me was that my Jack Russell plays in the other fenced yard. His yard is attached to the house but the big dogs fence yard is not. If that happened to my Jack Russell I would never get over it.
I called the TWRA and found out that gray wolves are not native here but some of the 99% hybrids escaped from a kennel near us and went wild. Nobody has been able to catch them so.....I guess we have gray wolves. :-( We know there are two that hang out on our farm. Fortunately we are in a very rural area. My husband was able to touch one so they aren’t extremely wild but he wasn’t able to catch it.
I just hope they don’t cross breed with out large Coyotes. :-)
It got killed by
not to mention the dealy moose-car collisions - often resulting in death for the car occupant:
moose kill more people than wolves.
and if you ever come across one in the road - and don't hit it - stop and stay VERY still. Otherwise, it has a tendancy to think of you/your car as a challenger...and he CAN stomp your car into the ground.