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PostMon Sep 21, 2020 9:19 am 
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setting foothold traps in an area with livestock that have had frequent interactions with wolves) may result in meeting the goal of changing pack behavior

I wonder if they do this on public land. If so, it seems there would be a small chance it may result in injury to a human. I hope they’re well-marked...
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PostWed Sep 23, 2020 11:45 am 
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Wednesday September 23, 2020 11:35 PDT

WDFW GRAY WOLF UPDATE

A new update on wolf activities is available on the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife’s website: https://wdfw.wa.gov/species-habitats/at-risk/species-recovery/gray-wolf/updates

WDFW, in their Wolf Update of 09/23/20 wrote:
Washington’s wolf population has shown eleven consecutive years of growth, according to annual year-end counts. But will the wolf population consistently continue to grow, and for how long? Will it hit a "saturation" point at some point? Biologists look to wolf ecology for answers. Read the full article HERE 

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PostThu Oct 22, 2020 5:39 am 
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https://www.statesmanexaminer.com/content/colville-man-shoots-wolf-escape-encounter
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PostFri Oct 23, 2020 8:44 am 
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Does that count as a wolf attack? Looks like there has only been one other recorded wolf attack human in Washington history (the one where the researcher climbed the tree near Tiffany Mountain) per this wikipedia page (I don't count the one on Camano Island; wold-hybrid was someone's pet):

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_wolf_attacks_in_North_America
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PostFri Oct 23, 2020 2:42 pm 
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altasnob wrote:
Does that count as a wolf attack?

No.  Neither does the incident where the wildlife biologist climbed a tree to get away.  As you allude, fatalities are so rare that without anything else being known, it is far more likely that he made up the story about being threatened.  If you read the comments, it is implied that the shooter had put out bait to attract game, and when he went out to find out if he was successful, he found wolves there and shot one.  If indeed a wolf bared its teeth at him, it was likely to keep him away from what they thought was theirs - the bait.

When the Sheriff uses this shooting to endorse carrying a gun in the backcountry, it makes me doubt that he had any interest in determining whether the story was true.

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PostFri Oct 23, 2020 4:51 pm 
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I was a high school boy, moose hunting S of Chetwynd. A dark still night, well below 0f, headed towards -40f that night. I was trying to pick my way through a series of beaver ponds to get to the road. A wolf pack came across me, were around me and talking to each other. I never saw them, but in the really cold still night a couple passed close enough that I could hear them trotting in the snow. 40’? 60’?

Yes, of course I had a rifle (essential to story, please). No, I never felt under attack. Different people feel different levels of comfort when out of doors.

Next morning I remembered to take my flashlight. I also was out of the bush and on the road before dark.

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