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Photo by DDK, Methow Valley

 

March 17, 2010

From Washington

More wolves this morning.  As the sun hit the hill approximately 7:45, I thought the deer were placed different than normal. My gut told me to grab the binoís and take a look, soon I spotted #2, #3, and #4 wolves standing together at attention looking into a sharp draw that I couldnít see the very bottom of.  I quickly set up the scope and about that time a cougar came charging out on the tail of #1 wolf, they went about a 100 feet then the other 3 wolves joined in and they put the cat at bay, then circling and charging in at it they made the cat start backing up, about 10 minuets of this they had the cat backed past the kill ( Iím sure it was the cats kill) and it turned and ran with the wolves on itís tail to a lone pine tree, it treed and 3 wolves kept it up the tree while #1 went to the kill and drug the deer AROUND a very steep side hill for 30 feet (this would have been very hard for a man to do, it took several minuets) the deer rolled once, (I could see it was completely intact)     (the only reason I can think of would be to get the carcass out in the open so they could claim it easier)  It must have taken #1 about an hour to get her fill and get back so #2 could eat which didnít take so long until he got back and #3 & #4 could eat together, they didnít eat long until #1 started to leave, #2 followed her and then #3, they were strung out a mile when they all stopped and the back two come back slowly waiting for #4 which was still eating, #1 continued on around the hill to never be seen again.  #2 (a male) took over the kill and soon got a BIG chunk loose and carried it around the hill Ĺ mile before he was out of sight, soon #3 followed with a big chunk. The three carried meat for an hour (5 loads) always on the same path and always leaving one at the kill so the cat couldnít get any.  A couple times one would make a run at the tree like the cat might have started down. I could only see the cat part of the time in the limbs. Finally the three just lied down near the cat tree watching, once they suddenly made a run at the tree, #2 going clear in while the other two hung back a little.  After a long while the wolves just wondered up over the hill out of sight.  I put my full attention on the tree for 20 minuets and about decided the cat must have slipped out when I seen a limb move more than the wind, soon the cat jumped out and went to where the kill was then up to where the kill had started from, about that time another cat come out of the tree and joined her, then another cat appeared from some place. It was a mother and two 2-3 year old kittens.  There was absolutely nothing left for them to eat so they wondered up over the hill probably to make another kill some place. It was 11:50 when the cats went out of sight so this was a long watch.

 

Photo by DDK, Methow Valley

 

March 16, 2010

From Washington

Four wolves were back this morning at 7:55.  I was watching the deer, they were acting different. There was 12 in a very tight bunch moving up hill together and looking down, I seen movement around and down from them, grabbed the bino's and sure enough four wolves.  The wolves were moving in the direction the deer had just come from, the wolves were not on the hunt they didn't pay any attention to the deer.

There's a dig, possible old coyote den over there, the wolves collected and was playing grab ass around the hole.  Now is my chance to move the spotting scope from the other room, would have been less than one minuet to set up, darn they were gone, I only got to watch them about 5 minuets. 

They could have gone back up the direction they came from in a small gut or dropped on into the river bottom. The deer stopped and just watched after a while drifting on over the ridge. I scoured the hill side for 45 minuets with bino's but never seen them again.

 

 

Photo by DDK, Methow Valley

 

December 28, 2009

From Washington

Looked out the window this forenoon and there was a bunch of wolves going across the hill, grabbed the binos and  the spotting scope. They were just having a meeting, 7 of them, playing around, at least one female coming in heat. After about Ĺ hour my son showed up with his family so my 3 granddaughters, my son, daughter-in-law, and my wife got to watch them.  

My son grabbed his camera and took a couple shots then jumped in his rig trying to get closer. About that time the pack split going off in opposite directions, by the time he got to his advantage point they had drifted away.

My son and his family left to find some bucks to photo, 5 minutes after he left a wolf showed back up, then another and another. I was able to keep at least one in the spotter for the next one and half hours as they wondered around some times single some times in groups. One made a big circle up around the hill marking bushes and come back to meet another which had just caught a gopher and kept it away from a raven which harassed him for ten minuets.

Eventually all 7 were back together 200 yards from the neighbors house just plying around, they got into a big draw and I never seen them after that. I know this is long but who gets to watch a wolf pack for two hours.

 

 

 

Sept 22, 2009

From Washington

I wholeheartedly support the Washington Wolf Information website. The need for accurate information is now at a critical stage.

My husband and I first encountered wolves on our property approximately four years ago. The first was a very large black wolf, and we watched and heard this wolf over a period of about four months. This wolf piqued our curiosity, as it was not at all similar to the smaller, shy, native wolves that we have encountered in the high country.

This wolf frequented our property on an almost daily schedule, and it appeared to be watching our animalsí activities. When it howled, our dogs would also howl, which was very abnormal behavior for our dogs.

Approximately one year later, at 7:00 in the morning, our dogs started barking at one of our kitchen windows. I looked out the window and saw two very large gray wolves approaching our house, (they were within 50 feet of the house). They saw me, stopped, and watched me, eye-to-eye. They did not appear to be the least bit apprehensive. My husband went outside and walked toward them, yelling at them to ďget out.Ē They did not react in a frightened manner, but finally wandered off up the mountain.

The following late winter we were awakened to a huge commotion in close proximity to our barns. Again we observed two very large wolves (one very dark and one light gray) tearing at a freshly killed deer. We took pictures of the kill, and later of the large paw prints, etc.

At this point we decided to research these unusual wolf encounters. To say that we are shocked at what we have learned would be an understatement. We have communicated at length with people in other states who have had wolf reintroduction and translocation plans imposed upon them. We have invested more than a year of extensive time in becoming informed. We have learned that wolves are a tragic disaster for other animal life, for ranchers, and for rural folks.

I am angered by the fact that wolves are being propagated with little regard for the welfare of the people or the other wildlife.

There are now many more wolves in our area and sensible management is badly needed to help our wildlife. "Hunting" has been a proven and sensible method for managing many different healthy wildlife populations.

The additional benefit of management by "Hunting" is the generation of badly needed revenue that can be utilized for all wildlife management.

 Respectfully

 

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From Washington                             February 11, 2010

 

Dear Representatives,

 

It is pretty obvious that wolves are not "nice little puppy-dog-like creatures".  And, it is pretty obvious, from what is going on in Idaho, that they are not being managed appropriately by Fish and Wildlife.  In Idaho, they have pretty much decimated the Lolo Range ungulate herds and are well on their way to doing the same to the ungulate herds in the Dworshak tributaries. 

 

Idaho's goal was 10 breeding pairs and 100 wolves.  This document (http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/cms/wildlife/wolves/news/resolution.pdf) published in August 2009, states that by 2000, there were 30 breeding pairs and 300 wolves in Idaho, from the release of 66 wolves in Idaho in 1995/96.  It is pretty obvious that without any known enemies, the wolf population has "grown like rabbits".  You will note, in this document, that the numbers of wolves noted, post-2000, is not indicated but is estimated by year-end 2008 to be 846 with a total population of 1600 in the Northern Rocky Mountain region (which includes part of eastern Washington). 

 

It's obvious that the Idaho Fish and Wildlife service has no idea how many wolves there actually are in Idaho.  This also means that the Washington Fish and Wildlife Service suffers the same problem.

 

How can Fish and Wildlife "manage" the numbers of these animals if they have no idea how many there are?  Idaho residents say the wolf population is being purposely understated by Idaho officials pandering to the environmental groups pushing the pro-wolf, anti-public grazing agenda.  The result of that failure is decimation of ungulate herds that take far longer to recuperate than it has obviously taken the wolf to explode to unhealthy numbers.

 

This map, found at http://rliv.com/wolf/08map.pdf, shows the known wolf activity in Idaho.  It's pretty obvious that the wolf numbers are far above stated numbers.  It is equally obvious that the "wolf problem" in Idaho is out of hand.

 

Those wolves are going to move into Washington State.  In fact, they are already here.  Last winter, when the snow was deep, moose moved into the residential area of the Spokane Valley, as did deer.  While moose have been sighted in the Spokane Valley before, in winter, that did not occur to the extent it did last winter.  This is what ungulates do when they are being harassed by wolves and their survival depends on going where wolves hopefully will not.  Last winter, here where I live, we had upwards of 30 head of deer roaming Suncrest in a group.  Groups of smaller number were also present.  We've had deer before in the winter; but not that many in one place at one time.  We had deer roaming Suncrest in broad daylight.  More than once, I had them bedded down in my back yard; more than once, I had them crossing the back yard in broad daylight.  Last spring there was deer scat all over my back yard.  Since my back yard is pretty much wide open, and wide open areas are not natural habitat for deer, their presence in my back yard was because they were forced out of their natural habitat.  And I seriously doubt my back yard was the only one they frequented in this manner in Suncrest.

 

Last summer I happened to strike up a conversation with a lady from the Green Bluff area.  She told me that last winter wolves had come in and killed her neighbors pet goat.  Two years ago, in June 2009, a gray wolf was killed by a car on Highway 291 close to Tum Tum(http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2008/jul/18/gray-wolves-are-state-residents/).

 

It is pretty obvious that the wolves have moved out of Idaho into Washington.  I've sent you this before, from another Washingtonian living more in north central Washington.  It is crucial to the conversation of wolves in Washington:

 

"I can tell you I have had firsthand experience with these wolves in Washington, we have had them looking in our house windows, they have killed deer within a 100 yards of our house, I have shot at them to scare them off and they turn and lope right at me going past me at 50 yards. These wolves are not afraid of people and they are huge. We donít go out at night to let the dogs pee without taking a big flashlight and gun, I spend many nights at the barns watching out for our stock when the wolves are in close to us. One of the reasons that the wolf diseases will spread and be easy to come in contact with will be that there is too high of a population of wolves."

 

This individual indicates that wolves have become a problem; killing pets, chickens and livestock.  When Fish and Game is called in, they white wash the situation.

 

As there is no way, as there is currently no way for Idaho to get anywhere close to an accurate count on the wolf population, Washington would be smart to keep the wolf numbers here low; not allowing these apex predator numbers to get out of hand as they have in Idaho.  To do that, wolves should be delisted and shot on sight. 

 

All the literature put out by the pro-wolf lobby tells how smart wolves are.  If wolves know they will be shot, coming around populated areas, they will stay away out of survival instinct.  Shooting them on sight will also serve to save our ungulate herds.

Sincerely,

 

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From Washington                                   February 16, 2010

If this letter down below is not damning enough, I assure you all in charge at the USFWS, WDFW, and IDFG,  and MFG that we know the truth.  Harriet Allen is either one of or the head of the wolf introduction in Washington state.  She scoffs and laughs, and says "no one is bringing wolves in to Washington, they are coming in on their own."  A lot of us flat out do not believe that statement.    

Make sure you read the letter below this by ex forestry person Robert.  I will not give out his last name for I have seen the frenzied hate and death threats associated with the liberal left, in this case the animal rights enviro-Nazi crowd.  However it is not just that crowd.  I have known others who simply by believing that an unborn child has a right to a voice and life, they are at times threatened with violence and even death.  I have seen that first hand.  A prominent psychologist recently categorized liberalism "as a disease", he was completely right. But I digress.

 If Harriet Allen is not lying through her teeth, then it seems that she is completely out of touch with reality. (Personally I believe the former)  There are just to many credible reports of this happening over to long a period of time to believe otherwise. 

At least one WDFW insider has stated that they, the WDFW  is involved with covertly dropping wolves into many parts of Washington.  If, on the minute chance that WDFW is not bringing them in, then it's either covert actions by  the USFWS or the wolf advocate groups with their deep pockets, or possibly even some of the timber companies. 

Any way you cut it, these would be completely illegal actions bringing in a non native animal species.  The game dept. is now hammering poor boaters who have usually accidentally, brought in invasive sea weed or mussels on or in their boats into Washington state.  Doing the same thing with a non native wolf is exactly the same thing.  And I won't even get into the disease issue the wolves are spreading around the countryside.  That might be the wolf's ultimate down fall.  E. Granulosus and E. Multilocularis, anthrax and many others, The scourge of the cattle industry Neospora Caninum, I can go on and on.  All of these and more will be spread far and wide in Wa. State if you continue with this ill agenda. 

When the truth comes out that you or some other group have covertly been bringing in wolves that were never here before, not the native timber wolf,  canis lupus irremotus which was a much smaller more timid animal, but you or others have brought in a much larger sub-species with far more aggression and killing ability the  canis lupus occidentallis, or possibly two other sub-species from the north. canis lupus columbianus, and/or canis lupus griseoalbus.  When that truth comes out the good citizens of Washington will have their judgment day. 

Anyone found to be involved in these illegal activities will be held accountable.  Yes Harriet,  their are wolves spilling over from Idaho on their own, where they have absolutely decimated the game populations in that state.  They have to, they have just about eaten themselves out of Idaho.  They are coming into Washington, they are coming into Oregon.  My Mother has friends in Oregon who say there are many many wolves that have swum the Snake and are wreaking havoc on North Eastern Oregon's elk, deer and probably cattle also.  That means they are also more than likely in our south eastern part of the state.  We know that they can't come in fast enough on their own from Canada for your likes.  There are numerous eyewitness's of wolf dumpings in the greater Metthow area as well.  A good friend of mine scoffs at your statment Harriet of only 10 animals in the north cascades.  There are probably more like 80 to 100. 

Right now you, the WDFW is saying there are only two confirmed packs in WA.  If you are sticking to those guns you are either lying, or completely out of touch with reality.  Again, I believe the former.

I have friends I would trust with my very life who live where the deer and elk used to be, not where they are any more.   I know they would not lie to me, I do not know that my own government will not lie to me.  Lying by politicians has sadly become the norm in this country.  They have proven that thousands upon thousands of times over the years. 

To all you wolf loving biologists and heads of WDFW who embrace this ill introduction of a non native wolf.  This will cause nothing but harm, and no good whatsoever other than to foist your apparent agenda of eliminating our big game herds, and gaining government control over the lands so your wolves may roam free to kill and pillage as that species so does. 

 I am telling you to remember this letter, for if you continue on your path to self destruction you will all either be out of jobs, or  you will be breaking rock at Walla Walla dressed in state orange.  You continually whitewash the facts, you continually portray the wolf in a Disney type fashion.  We know that nothing could be further from the truth. 

I would say, it will all be on your heads when the first person is ripped to shreds by wolves in this state, but I know your kind, you will all turn it into the humans fault, not your Disney version of the wolf.  What a sad day it is when the people running our governments are on the same level as a snake in the grass.  Most people would take offense at that statement but I suspect your kind does not.

There are many people who live in wolf country across Idaho and Montana who are saying the exact same things across virtually all across all those states, most of them do not know each other therefore there could not possibly be any conspiracy in their same beliefs that the elk are disappearing far faster than IDFG and MTFW is saying and the deer are disappearing far faster in the Metthow area than our own white washing biologist WDFW and biologist Scott Fitkin is saying. 

If in fact you do not know about wolves being brought in then your organization is a completely worthless, expendable body of our state government.  Your tendrils are far longer than the citizens of this state who do know that the wolves are being brought in covertly.  That being said I find it virtually impossible for you to not know what is going on. 

Mark my words Harriet Allen, The truth will come out in the end and we the citizens of this state will hold all those responsible for this introduction of a non native species, which goes against your own invasive species laws.  If in fact you, the dept. is found to have been a part of the introduction of the non native Mackenzie river valley wolves covertly, then those in charge will pay.  The good people of this state do not like non transparency in their government.  Above all they do not like conniving, lying, cheating sleaze bags ruining  or running their state.

Do enlighten your selves to the eyewitness account of a wolf dumping in the Cowlitz river area in the past written by Robert below.

And that, my friends is one of the ways it is being done in Washington state.  I also have a story from just about a month ago of a double wolf dumping in eastern Oregon covertly.  I'm sure most of you can't handle any more truth than that in one day though, so I bid you adieu until another day.

You will be held accountable for your actions of today.  Do us all a favor and make the right decisions, not those based in lies and the big dollars of the animal rights extremists.

Most Sincerely 

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From  Washington                                    February 4, 2010

This Wolf thing comes down to a follow the dollar thing. Weyerhauser tried to introduce wolves back in the 60's when I worked as a logger in the woods. They dropped at least 25 in the Wahkiakum/Cowlitz areas.

 They were dropped to help eliminate elk and deer which were feeding on young trees the timber companies planted. At that time they also had a bear elimination program. My pastor from Quilcene was a part of that.

 Weyerhaeuser hired hundreds of environmentalists in the 1980's to do their bidding for the giant timber company. Re-Introduction of wolves was one of their agendas. Weyerhaeuser also used them to help run other timber companies out of business by finding endangered species on their properties. Weyerhaeuser has been a "dirty tricks" company since the early 1900's.

 My own personal introduction to the wolf program began when I worked for Crown Zellerbach. A pair of timber cutters we worked with found a cage attached to a parachute hanging from a 30 ft. evergreen tree.

 It had a dead wolf in it that had apparently died of starvation. It had the end of one foot missing and parts of that stuck in a crack of the cage. The cage was built so the sides would spring open when it hit the ground. It didn't do that and hung in the tree top instead.

 The cage and chute disappeared the day after we saw it.

 That fall I had another "run in" with wolves while deer hunting east of Cathlamet and north of the Columbia river in the Beaver Creek drainage. I left my car in late afternoon and walked down a new road that had been built into the second growth. I heard a low howl and walked toward it. When I rounded a corner there was a pack of about six wolves shredding a baby elk they had just killed. At the same time i heard noises and growls to both sides of me in the timber. I made a quick retreat to my car, running backwards.

I was afraid they'd jump me from behind. They two wolves nearest me kept pace with me and I'd get glimpses of them in the brush. I got to the car in a hurry. It was getting dark and I was shaking like a leaf.

By the time I got done fumbling with the car keys and getting the door locked I could hear the whole pack coming, barking like big dogs and howling. I fired two quick shots to give me time to get in the car and all of a sudden everything turned deadly silent. They just quit making noise. I beat it out of there! I told my Dad about the run in and the county sheriff. The sheriff said the wolves had started killing beef cattle in Cowlitz county. Not long after that, the state hired professional exterminators to poison and get rid of the wolves. They got a lot of them but not all of them. My Dad saw one up the Elochomin River two years later.

 My cousin and Uncle were with him at the time.

 

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From Washington                                    December 12, 2009

Wolf Management in Washington

Wolf packs are howling in the back country of Washington State and there voice brings an ominous cloud of uncertainty. Wolves represent to many people the sound of the wilderness. Most extreme pro wolf arguments center around a position of re introduction and total wolf protection without any regard to the species and environmental damage over population of the wolf will cause within their home range. Clearly wolves are no different than any other large predator such as Black Bears and Cougars which are controlled by setting reasonable harvest levels. Wolves prey predominately on Deer and Elk. Populations of these animals are sensitive to harsh winters and other influences and are not available in unlimited quantities. Wolf management must fit into the total wildlife management plan to our Deer and Elk herds remain healthy and prosper. Essentially you canít eat at the table if you donít buy a ticket.

Sportsman are the true defenders of wildlife. Washington sportsman contribute millions of dollars every year directly through taxes on ammunition, sporting arms, license fees and special permits. Not to mention many owners of campers, 4 x 4 trucks, boats and ATVís are directly connected to sport hunting and therefore support wildlife management through taxes on those big ticket items. Washington Deer & Elk populations have seen remarkable growth in the last 50 years. A direct result of Scientific wildlife management and conservative hunting seasons. Healthy Deer and Elk populations state wide would not have been possible without sportsman dollars.

Wolf introduction is here now. Every wolf kills approximately 17 elk and 44 deer per year (page 73 Washington Draft Wolf Plan). Small rural communities rely on sportsman dollars for hotel rooms, restaurants, gas station and multitudes of small businesses. Reducing the opportunity for Deer and Elk hunting is not acceptable in any management scheme for the benefit of Wolf introduction. No study that I can find shows any economic incentive to reintroducing the Wolf. Sportsman pay the overwhelming majority of wildlife costs in most states including Washington. Currently the Wolf and the costs to reintroduce it have no economic basis for support. Sound big game management principles must apply to all climax predators, Cougar, Black Bear and especially the Wolf. Wolves left unchecked will reproduce past the carrying capacity of their prey species thanks to the success of Deer and Elk management practices. Deer and Elk population reductions and reduced sport hunting opportunity would be first on the list for pro wolf advocates. I for one as a tax paying sportsman will not stand idle and watch 50 years of sound big game management be consumed by unrestricted renegade wolf packs. Establishing conservative wolf populations on a regional basis and controlling the population by sport hunting will generate significant revenue to apply directly toward wolf management. Including the Wolf as a big game species in Washington is essential for all of our wildlife species to thrive.  Science not emotion must dictate how we deal with this new predator.

Thanks,

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From Wyoming                                            Sept 16, 2009

Wolves at the Door, well, almost, that is. Less than 50 yards from my truck door, up in the Bridger Tetons deer hunting. I went to my usual favorite deer hunting area, about 50 miles northeast of Pinedale, WY, near Muddy ridge. It was raining hard. As soon as the rain stopped, I got out of the truck and began walking stealth fully down a game trail. Less than 50 yds out, I was met with a growl, and immediately sighted 4 wolves. Two took off away from me, one ran to my right, and one ran to my left behind me. I immediately pulled my XD 45acp, and scanned in a circle as I moved back to the truck. They were less than 15yds from me, when I walked up on them, waaay too close. The one that ran behind me really unnerved me. I expected to get jumped, hence the 360 degree scan with the XD. They weren't REAL big, but big enough. Made me think that maybe they were 1-2 year old litter mates, looking for easy pickings.

"Bout crapped my pants on that encounter." I went down the mountain, and hunted the lower meadow, shooting a 2 point muley. Then, I got the heck out of there. Interesting, that is the only time I ever took my XD hunting. I usually carry my SW 41mag or a Ruger 44mag. Intuition carrying a 45 with hi-capacity magazine? I'm a much better shot with the XD. I have a limited draw elk tag for Sept 20, but, I'll only hunt the lower areas. Next year I won't be going back there. Too close for my comfort level....But if there's a trophy wolf season, I may go with a neighbor, who's been itching to hunt them. I aint going back up there alone.

Can't say right now I'm inclined to hunt there again. Problem is I do most of my hunting alone. I moved to this area 5yrs ago, and lost my hunting buddies to the great gasoline hike debacle. Just can't get 'em to come out this way, and I got too many animals at home to take with me down there. I will be taking 2 young hunters deer hunting Oct 2 in an area closer to town. Oh yes, those wolves were beautiful, and FAST. I do not discount that fact. But I'd just as soon not run into them, and the thought of gutting an elk with a wolf pack nearby is a nervous situation for me. Usually takes me 6+ hours to gut, quarter and cart a good sized elk to my truck, depending on where I shoot it. Then pack with ice for the drive home. I considered that many of the grizzly bear maulings in the lower 48, were with young males, less experienced with humans and procuring food.. The greater possibility for wolf attack on humans may exist with younger wolves as well. I don't know, but I aint testing my theory. There have been wolf attacks on livestock in the Pinedale area, about 50mi from this Muddy ridge area where I hunted. Seems ripe for a predatory attack on a human, unfortunately, may likely be a small human.

I think, realistically, the only thing in our power to make wolves afraid of humans is to hunt them. I do not hunt except to eat. But in this case, I could make an exception. Please add my story. It it keeps even one person safe, its worth it.

 

 

Bobby with first Idaho County Wolf

 
 

Trail cam wolf photo, Idaho County

 

 
September 23, 2009
From Washington
 
For the last three years in the Methow Valley we have been seeing an increase in wolves, but this year there has been the most evidence of a large and thriving wolf  population. So far this summer two wolves have been hit on the highway, one between Twisp and Winthrop and the other one down valley by McFarland Creek. Wolves have been sighted within a few hundred yards of the main town of Twisp. People's dogs and livestock have been killed by wolves this summer in the Methow Valley.  The WDFW biologist refuses to confirm predation by the wolves. People have been reporting sightings of wolves to us from all parts of the Methow Valley. I have seen nine different wolves this summer, I feel that this winter we will have more wolf problems between  the wolves and livestock due to the dwindling deer population.
Best Regards
 
 

 

Predation, Methow Valley

 

 

Sept 17, 2009

From Washington

Down here in the Southwest (Washington) up in the Coweeman, we do a lot of elk and deer hunting up past headquarters and when the big game is slow we go after the coyotes up there.  We began howling one day and got several to answer back, then they all started to sing, it was really cool to hear them all together. Then one started to howl with a deep  deep howl.  All the coyotes COMPLETELY shut up.  This one howled 3 different times.  Never saw anything, but we hunted above Afton WY 3 years back in area G and on the Last day we heard this same sounding Howl, and the guys we were with said, ya there are several wolf packs up here....It was spooky then, and it raised the hair on the back of our necks here.  Talk to any of the locals around here and I'm sure others have had the same experience!!! Lets see what the WDFW has to say about the SW having wolves.

 

 

 

Methow Fawn Killed By Wolves

 

Date 9/6/09
From Scott in Washington
 
I totally support Washington Wolf Info with pictures and information. I gave several of my trail cam pictures to Washington Wolf Info to post on this website. I am thankful they posted my photos. I don't know if I could trust WDFW Biologist AT ALL after my EXPERIENCE tracking Wolves in the Okanagan for three years. We found wolves LONG BEFORE WDFW CONFIRMED the first Methow Valley wolves were here in Washington.
 
We have seen two different wolf packs for a total of 19 Wolves before WDFW confirmed there were any wolves, and now they say that 8 of these wolves DO NOT EXIST!  There are many DIFFERENT stories from Rancher's and Officers. But, I have hundreds of Trail Camera pictures PROVING there are more wolves than what Biologist claim there are.
 
Ranchers (people that I know in Twisp and Winthrop) have lost livestock which has been killed by Wolves in the same area where I know wolves exist. It upsets me when the WDFW Biologist will not CONFIRM the two latest kills by these wolves this spring of 2009. I believe this website is the only chance to let the people know the truth about wolves. I thank Washington Wolf Info for sharing what we know to be true. Do not listen to the false statements made by the WDFW, these kills are wolf kills.
 
Other attacks include two great Pyrenees Stock Dogs that were Killed by Wolves in Twisp Washington in early Spring of 2009. Also two hounds were killed by Wolves in Okanagan County in December of 2007. I know this to be true because I was there. My friend Matt had a Cougar Permit and 3 of us were hunting together. Bonnie (my Black and Tan hound) Age 4 and Blue (a Bluetick hound) Age 5 were torn apart by the wolves. Bonnie died and Blue barely was alive. I have had EXPENSIVE VETERINARY bills for over two years now treating Blue, and we may still have to put him to sleep if he doesn't get better. Two of our other hounds ran many MILES away from where the wolves killed Bonnie, we were fortunate to find them several hours later unharmed.
 
I thank Washington Wolf Info for putting together a Website to bring the TRUTH from our community and show that the WDFW is trying to DESTROY Our Ranches and the future of hunting. We must have a BETTER Wolf Management Program than what we have today.
Scott
 
 

  

Barely Eaten Elk Killed By Wolves

 

 

 

Sept 14, 2009

From Wyoming

 

I live at the East Gate of Yellowstone National Park. I was born in this area and have lived here for the majority of my life. I was here at the ground floor of this debate when "they" re-introduced wolves to Yellowstone and the surrounding areas. The issue has been chewed up, regurgitated, and chewed again. Both sides quote data and provide experts who will spew forth technical and anecdotal stats ad-nausea. No one seems to come out on top.

 

Like I said, I have seen personally the wolf introduced, grow, expand, and kill. I am not a biologist. I am not a trophy hunter. I have no expertise to lend. I hunt to put meat on the table. My comments are offered strictly as personal opinion and a layman's observation. That being said, not ONE good thing has come of the re-introduction (a sill term if you ask me, the wolf was here before, and in greater numbers than folks were led to believe) of the wolf into Yellowstone and the surrounding area.

 

Predation of so-called "sporting" game is through the roof. So much so that the number of licenses being sold for elk and deer etc. are being scaled back considerably. As for a the taking of "a few" sheep and "some" livestock, I direct your attention to the Montana Standard (link provided below). 120 sheep slaughtered in one attack. Much like humans, wolves are indiscriminant killers, and they don't just kill for food, they kill for fun too.

 

I feel for those of you in Washington state. If I had my way the wolf would be listed under "predator status". Shoot on sight. Shoot to kill.

 

The wolf issue has brought a lot of discontent to our state as well as Montana and Idaho. I only hope your law-makers and officials will learn from history, and not repeat it!

 

Good luck, and God bless,

 

 

 

Trail Cam, Twisp, Okanogan County

 

 

 

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