Photo by DDK, Methow
March 17, 2010
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
March 16, 2010
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
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
December 28, 2009
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
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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From Washington February 11, 2010
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
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
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.
From Washington February 16, 2010
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
From Washington February
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
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.
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.
been a "dirty tricks" company since the early 1900's.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
Predation, Methow Valley
Sept 17, 2009
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
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.
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
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.
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
hunting. We must have a BETTER Wolf Management Program than what
we have today.
Elk Killed By
Sept 14, 2009
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