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Alaskan wolves losing fear of humans
upi ^ | Nov. 8, 2010

Posted on 11/08/2010 5:45:10 PM PST by george76

Wolves "losing a fear of humans" have people in Anchorage, Alaska, fearfully asking officials for action, authorities say.

Although many people are lured to Alaska for its wilderness and many choose to reside either in a wilderness setting or close to it, when the wild things come into their back yards, they get jittery as one resident became when a pet beagle was allegedly dragged into the woods by wolves, the Anchorage Daily News reported.

"I really hope that an action plan to eliminate this problem will be acted upon before another pet -- or God forbid, a child -- is killed," Candis Olmstead wrote in a letter to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game.

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Government; News/Current Events; US: Alaska
KEYWORDS: animalrights; ar; sss; wildlife; wolf; wolfattacks; wolves; wolvesattack
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1 posted on 11/08/2010 5:45:13 PM PST by george76
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To: jazusamo; proud_yank; GladesGuru; ASOC

Mark Burch, a Fish and Game regional supervisor, said two wolf packs roam each side of the Glenn Highway. He estimates the west-side group, known as the Elmendorf pack, has ...

a fatal attack in March that killed a schoolteacher jogging near Chignik heightened fears statewide

http://www.adn.com/2010/11/07/1542141/bolder-wolves-fray-residents-nerves.html


2 posted on 11/08/2010 5:47:59 PM PST by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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To: george76

Everything is up to the government to solve. God forbid people should start shooting the transgressing wolves, which might have the unintended consequence of reintroducing some fear of humans into the remaining wolves. Nope, can’t have that.


3 posted on 11/08/2010 5:48:32 PM PST by coloradan (The US has become a banana republic, except without the bananas - or the republic.)
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To: george76

They do not fear much..


4 posted on 11/08/2010 5:48:58 PM PST by ColdOne
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To: george76

As Miranda Lambert would advise.......Gunpowder and Lead.


5 posted on 11/08/2010 5:49:29 PM PST by onona (dbada)
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To: george76

Wolves don’t fear humans. Get near one and he’ll bare his teeth for you.


6 posted on 11/08/2010 5:51:08 PM PST by Sacajaweau
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To: george76
"I really hope that an action plan to eliminate this problem will be acted upon before another pet -- or God forbid, a child -- is killed," Candis Olmstead wrote in a letter to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game.

Yes. there is a plan of action.

1. Get a gun.

2. Practice with it.

3. Shoot wolves on sight.

7 posted on 11/08/2010 5:51:08 PM PST by magslinger ('This is a United States Marine Corps FA-18 fighter. Send 'em up, I'll wait!')
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To: coloradan

They have collars on the wolves around here.


8 posted on 11/08/2010 5:51:08 PM PST by ColdOne
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To: coloradan

Nope, can’t have that, first thing they start shooting
marauding wolves, then they start shooting marauding
politicians....


9 posted on 11/08/2010 5:51:08 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: jazusamo; proud_yank; GladesGuru; ASOC

Mark Burch, a Fish and Game regional supervisor, said two wolf packs roam each side of the Glenn Highway. He estimates the west-side group, known as the Elmendorf pack, has ...

a fatal attack in March that killed a schoolteacher jogging near Chignik heightened fears statewide

http://www.adn.com/2010/11/07/1542141/bolder-wolves-fray-residents-nerves.html


10 posted on 11/08/2010 5:51:30 PM PST by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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To: george76

bump


11 posted on 11/08/2010 5:54:15 PM PST by BerryDingle (I know how to deal with communists, I still wear their scars on my back from Hollywood-Ronald Reagan)
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To: george76
They are losing fear of unarmed and tasty humans.
12 posted on 11/08/2010 5:54:45 PM PST by MIchaelTArchangel (Obama makes me miss Jimmah Cahtah!)
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To: george76

13 posted on 11/08/2010 5:55:26 PM PST by BenLurkin (This post is not a statement of fact. It is merely a personal opinion -- or humor -- or both)
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To: All

I believe the Animal Attacks on humans and the fear they are loosing is a Bible Prophecy..

The Opening of the 4th Seal.

Revelation6:7

When the Lamb opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth living creature say, “Come!” 8 I looked, and there before me was a pale horse! Its rider was named Death, and Hades was following close behind him. They were given power over a fourth of the earth to kill by sword, famine and plague, and by the wild beasts of the earth.


14 posted on 11/08/2010 5:55:48 PM PST by TaraP (An APPEASER is one who feeds a crocodile - hoping it will eat him last)
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To: george76

You people are crazy. they have really big bears in alaska. forget about the damn wolves. Don’t live in alaska if you don’t like wolves. And as for the idiot that has a beagle in alaska...tough shit. Beagles don’t belong there.


15 posted on 11/08/2010 5:55:54 PM PST by mamelukesabre (Si Vis Pacem Para Bellum (If you want peace prepare for war))
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To: BenLurkin

That’s a very naughty picture to post here. Because she has her finger on the trigger.


16 posted on 11/08/2010 5:58:13 PM PST by coloradan (The US has become a banana republic, except without the bananas - or the republic.)
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To: BenLurkin
Re:13

Dang Nice!

17 posted on 11/08/2010 5:58:53 PM PST by MountainDad (Support your local Militia)
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To: coloradan

Didn’t notice that — will not post it again.


18 posted on 11/08/2010 5:59:54 PM PST by BenLurkin (This post is not a statement of fact. It is merely a personal opinion -- or humor -- or both)
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To: george76
People have to start shooting them on sight, install a little fear back into them.

Here's a piece about a man treed by a small pack in Michigan.

Mattson treed by pack of wolves

19 posted on 11/08/2010 6:00:23 PM PST by jazusamo (His [Obama's] political base---the young, the left and the thoughtless: Thomas Sowell)
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To: ColdOne
They have collars on the wolves around here.

Shoot the wolf then attach the collar to the underside of a semi.......

20 posted on 11/08/2010 6:00:42 PM PST by Hot Tabasco (There's only one cure for Obamarrhea......)
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To: george76
Wolves were man’s natural predator up until the advent of the rifle and they were driven to the brink of extinction anywhere man lived in great numbers.

Why would it come as a surprise to anyone that if wolves were able to repopulate an area where men lived that wolves would again begin to prey upon men?

21 posted on 11/08/2010 6:02:01 PM PST by Pontiac
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To: coloradan; BenLurkin

If there’s a trigger there I sure didn’t see it. :)


22 posted on 11/08/2010 6:03:51 PM PST by jazusamo (His [Obama's] political base---the young, the left and the thoughtless: Thomas Sowell)
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To: george76
Photobucket
23 posted on 11/08/2010 6:04:18 PM PST by yefragetuwrabrumuy
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To: Sacajaweau

Wolves fear humans...that is the reason to bare teeth.


24 posted on 11/08/2010 6:05:17 PM PST by SgtBob (Freedom is not for the faint of heart. Semper Fi!)
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To: BenLurkin

All animals lose fear of Humans when we stop hunting them.


25 posted on 11/08/2010 6:05:52 PM PST by omega4179 (Quem deus vult perdere, dementat prius)
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To: BenLurkin

Maybe you could just photoshop out the finger. After having a moment to reflect about the broad-er context *ahem* of the picture, I do believe there is plenty else to recommend posting it again with the naughty part concealed.


26 posted on 11/08/2010 6:06:17 PM PST by coloradan (The US has become a banana republic, except without the bananas - or the republic.)
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To: tet68

ROFLMFAO!!!


27 posted on 11/08/2010 6:06:42 PM PST by SgtBob (Freedom is not for the faint of heart. Semper Fi!)
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To: george76

Of course they’re losing their fear. They now know a whole new level of terror: Sarah Palin with a rifle - the Chuck Norris of the Alaskan Tundra.


28 posted on 11/08/2010 6:07:31 PM PST by domenad (In all things, in all ways, at all times, let honor guide me.)
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To: BenLurkin

That 700 looks pretty good...


29 posted on 11/08/2010 6:07:40 PM PST by SgtBob (Freedom is not for the faint of heart. Semper Fi!)
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To: jazusamo

Thanks for the link.

Sorry for the double


30 posted on 11/08/2010 6:07:39 PM PST by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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To: yefragetuwrabrumuy

Is that wolf eating a jelly doughnut? Sure looks like it. I wouldn’t be able to blame the wolf for growling if that’s the case.


31 posted on 11/08/2010 6:08:41 PM PST by coloradan (The US has become a banana republic, except without the bananas - or the republic.)
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To: BenLurkin
What's she hunting? Salad greens?

Recoil would probably send her back faster than the round went forward.

32 posted on 11/08/2010 6:08:48 PM PST by avg_freeper (Gunga galunga. Gunga, gunga galunga)
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To: ColdOne

Hear tell those GPS collars have been clocked at 70 mph down interstates ....odd they stop at truck stops as well.

Weird migratory habits of late.


33 posted on 11/08/2010 6:09:48 PM PST by Squantos (Be polite. Be professional. But have a plan to kill everyone you meet)
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To: mamelukesabre
You people are crazy. they have really big bears in alaska. forget about the damn wolves.

If you talk about the total of human history wolves have killed more humans than bears.

Bears are omnivores and opportunist. They typically do not hunt humans.

Wolves are carnivores and will hunt humans given the chance.

It is only resent history that has made the wolf seem less dangerous and only because the wolf’s numbers have been so drastically reduced in comparison to the bear.

34 posted on 11/08/2010 6:10:09 PM PST by Pontiac
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To: Hot Tabasco

Not worth it. Besides no semi’s around these parts.


35 posted on 11/08/2010 6:10:45 PM PST by ColdOne (Now we know..MSNBC has no ethics, Keif back at Countdown.)
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To: mamelukesabre

Beagles don’t belong in Alaska?? How the heck do ya run snowshoe rabbits outta the bramble?? he said with a smirk...


36 posted on 11/08/2010 6:12:46 PM PST by SgtBob (Freedom is not for the faint of heart. Semper Fi!)
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To: jazusamo
Well jazusamo, we are not suprised are we? From the article:

Utilizing basic survival skills in relation to encounters with wildlife, Mattson began yelling and screaming at the animal and making himself appear larger - a bluff to make the animal leave. "These wolves didn't leave at all. It appeared as if they had no fear of humans at all," said Mattson.

37 posted on 11/08/2010 6:13:44 PM PST by Inyo-Mono (Had God not driven man from the Garden of Eden the Sierra Club surely would have.)
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To: george76

True story told to me by my Canadian wife about her uncle:

He was taken into the wilderness in Quebec with a friend experienced with the wild. They lit a fire. He was told that whenever you see “two amber lights,” shoot at it. There were a good number of these showing up through the night. When morning came, they were surrounded by dead wolves, and turned in the ears for the bounty.


38 posted on 11/08/2010 6:16:09 PM PST by Dr. Sivana (There is no salvation in politics)
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To: george76

Within the city limits of Anchorage is some serious wilderness. Bears are common. Moose live in town and casually walk the streets, step over 6 foot fences to raid gardens. Eagles take small pets regularly if left off leash.

Coyotes abound in San Diego and take pets regularly there as well. So what’s new other than the wolf population is increasing in Alaska?


39 posted on 11/08/2010 6:16:13 PM PST by Bobibutu
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To: jazusamo

Of course you didn’t - her finger is right on top of it, blocking your view of it!


40 posted on 11/08/2010 6:17:04 PM PST by coloradan (The US has become a banana republic, except without the bananas - or the republic.)
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To: george76

Anyone who owns a Beagle up there should not be surprised that it turned into a Wolfsnack, a Bearsnack or an Eaglesnack. Nor should they go wailing to the police or the MSM about it when it does become a Crittersnack. All that tells me is that this person is some idiot who does not understand that the wilderness has WILD things in it and those wild things are not former castmembers of Disney animated movie.

Candis needs to move back to LA or wherever she came from and leave the wilderness to those who are intelligent enough to handle it.


41 posted on 11/08/2010 6:17:47 PM PST by Nahanni
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To: Inyo-Mono

Correct, it’s not surprising, IM.

The thing that surprised me was being the job this guy has which takes him out like that often was that he wasn’t armed. Maybe he will now but for the unsuspecting hiker it’s a dangerous situation.


42 posted on 11/08/2010 6:21:27 PM PST by jazusamo (His [Obama's] political base---the young, the left and the thoughtless: Thomas Sowell)
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To: BenLurkin

Someone needs to teach that .. scantily clad young person.. some trigger discipline.


43 posted on 11/08/2010 6:22:09 PM PST by brothers4thID (http://scarlettsays.blogspot.com/)
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To: coloradan

Oh, that finger.


44 posted on 11/08/2010 6:24:32 PM PST by jazusamo (His [Obama's] political base---the young, the left and the thoughtless: Thomas Sowell)
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To: george76
Wolves are quite common along the Yukon. We have a small pack that doesn't travel big circles behind our house. My son had an adult come into his bear bait barrel this Spring, but he had his bow and didn't even shoot at it. The wolf winded him and exploded out of there.

About a month back, I had 2 tubs of salmon guts that I was planning on using for burbot trot line bait. Had it sitting nx to some logs along wood line, 50 yards from porch. My house dogs opened up middle of the night (they smell game right through the permachinked logs). They ran over to the wood line and when I went over with light, I heard the wolves crashing through the brush. Two nights later they came back again, then I dumped the fish into the river to get rid of it. So a week goes by and a single wolf came in walked between my house and shed and tried to get into my garbage cans. It was 3 in the morning and soon as my dogs inside opened up the wolf took off. His tracks were 5 3/4 inches long, and 4 1/2 inches wide and they were close to 4 foot between each single print. I went out my wood trail on snowmachine a couple miles and found his tracks again, headed towards the mountains out back. Once we get some more snow, I'm going to set some snares; but actually in some ways I don't start hating all the wolves until they start killing dogs. These wolves are scared of people, but awful hungry. I often hear them wolves at 4 am in morning. They have also been seeing single wolves roaming around our town last few weeks, but they take off pretty quick at the sight of people.

We also have had this years pups walk up our lane when they hear our sled dogs. Funny to walk out on porch and see a 70 lb pup that hasn't developed fear of humans yet; 15 yards from porch. My son would call that female in with rabbit squealer at bus stop in morning, ha.

I have an acog on a 6.8 and just stuck a flashlight under barrel. The crosshairs on acog are dim after dark but you can see them, I might get a shot out the window one of these nights. Also been thinking about setting up the game camera for that wolf.

Alaska has wolves all over and people are use to them. I wouldn't want them released in lower 48 everywhere just the same.

45 posted on 11/08/2010 6:25:57 PM PST by Eska
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To: george76
Wolves are quite common along the Yukon. We have a small pack that doesn't travel big circles behind our house. My son had an adult come into his bear bait barrel this Spring, but he had his bow and didn't even shoot at it. The wolf winded him and exploded out of there.

About a month back, I had 2 tubs of salmon guts that I was planning on using for burbot trot line bait. Had it sitting nx to some logs along wood line, 50 yards from porch. My house dogs opened up middle of the night (they smell game right through the permachinked logs). They ran over to the wood line and when I went over with light, I heard the wolves crashing through the brush. Two nights later they came back again, then I dumped the fish into the river to get rid of it. So a week goes by and a single wolf came in walked between my house and shed and tried to get into my garbage cans. It was 3 in the morning and soon as my dogs inside opened up the wolf took off. His tracks were 5 3/4 inches long, and 4 1/2 inches wide and they were close to 4 foot between each single print. I went out my wood trail on snowmachine a couple miles and found his tracks again, headed towards the mountains out back. Once we get some more snow, I'm going to set some snares; but actually in some ways I don't start hating all the wolves until they start killing dogs. These wolves are scared of people, but awful hungry. I often hear them wolves at 4 am in morning. They have also been seeing single wolves roaming around our town last few weeks, but they take off pretty quick at the sight of people.

We also have had this years pups walk up our lane when they hear our sled dogs. Funny to walk out on porch and see a 70 lb pup that hasn't developed fear of humans yet; 15 yards from porch. My son would call that female in with rabbit squealer at bus stop in morning, ha.

I have an acog on a 6.8 and just stuck a flashlight under barrel. The crosshairs on acog are dim after dark but you can see them, I might get a shot out the window one of these nights. Also been thinking about setting up the game camera for that wolf.

Alaska has wolves all over and people are use to them. I wouldn't want them released in lower 48 everywhere just the same.

46 posted on 11/08/2010 6:26:18 PM PST by Eska
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To: george76

Wolf hides(tanned) sell for good money..
Smart wolves stay away from people in Alaska.. who are mostly armed..


http://www.glacierwear.com/index.php/furs-pelts-leather/wolf.html?gclid=CMPH_a7UkqUCFQQ_bAod7X_VOg


47 posted on 11/08/2010 6:27:49 PM PST by hosepipe (This propaganda has been edited to include some fully orbed hyperbole....)
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To: george76

Shoot a few, word will spread. They’ll learn fear.


48 posted on 11/08/2010 6:35:44 PM PST by muir_redwoods (Obama. Chauncey Gardiner without the homburg.)
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To: george76

It does make them easier to shoot...

just trying to find a positive

TT


49 posted on 11/08/2010 6:37:16 PM PST by TexasTransplant (I don't mind liberals... I hate liars...there just tends to be a high degree of overlap)
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To: ColdOne

**** “They have collars on the wolves around here” *****

Just a note ... the batteries in the collars “are” recyclable

So you can still be “GREEN”

Good Hunting!


50 posted on 11/08/2010 6:40:57 PM PST by TexasTransplant (I don't mind liberals... I hate liars...there just tends to be a high degree of overlap)
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