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PostMon Mar 09, 2015 7:30 pm 
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Wolf encounters in Washington - not all that rare as you might think.

link The link has links to more detail/original articles etc in the text itself.

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PostMon Mar 09, 2015 7:58 pm 
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Phil wrote:
..of being chased  and driven up a tree by two wolves in the Elwha Valley (I think)

If you jog around cougars or wolves something can snap in their brain and they go into hunting mode with the jogger as the pray. Climb a tree. When in doubt carry bear spray which is what the city police use against dogs.
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PostMon Mar 09, 2015 8:15 pm 
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Schroder wrote:
I was skiing at night, during a full moon, across Waskesiu Lake in Prince Albert National Park in Saskatchewan when a pack of wolves came running out of the treeline and headed straight for me.  They passed right by within about 20 feet and never slowed their pace, running to where I had come from.

Schroder, this is an amazing story.  Thanks to the O.P. for starting this thread so that I could have ever heard this one.  What a scene that must have been---all those elements and the setting.  Yowza.  ~z
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PostTue Mar 10, 2015 8:54 am 
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I read somewhere that wolves on the west coast trail of Vancouver Island attacked and killed at least one hiker a few years back, and the wolves in question (smaller than mainland wolves) were later killed by some gov't employee. I remember one wolf standing outside a cabin door on an island up near Alert Bay one night, but it ran off when we came out the door. Still, the 50 foot walk to the next cabin was a bit tense under the circumstances.

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PostWed Mar 11, 2015 5:58 pm 
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I am sorry. I know this is about negative wolf encounters, but I want to chime in anyway about my encounters..
Back in the late 70's you would occasionally see a wolf sitting on it's haunches on a roadside snow bank between Anchorage and Eagle River, just watching the traffic go by. Yes, not negative....
A year or so ago watched a wolf cross a clearing up in the Blue Mountains. Didn't seem to want to come near our group of people camping out. Just seemingly glad to mind it's own it's business well away from us.
Again, sorry, no negative encounters...
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PostFri Mar 13, 2015 6:23 pm 
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Brucester wrote:
Anyone see or had encounters with wolves? What do you do if you're solo?

Here you go Brucester fresh off the press:
Suzanne Stone, senior northwest representative of Defenders of Wildlife, agrees. She has tracked down wild wolf packs for research projects and, as she said, "never felt at risk or afraid."
http://news.discovery.com/animals/endangered-species/wolf-attacks-more-myth-than-reality-150311.htm
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PostSat Mar 14, 2015 6:54 am 
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No negative experience.

I do stream surveys in NE Oregon and I see tracks (sometimes very very fresh ones) frequently. So, they are seeing me, I'm just not seeing them.  I also live near the wilderness and we have wolf tracks, scat and elk kills. But nobody has had a bad encounter. My neighbors think I'm crazy because I hike around our woods with 1-5 dogs and it's rumored wolves are drawn to dogs (they want to kill them) and I don't carry a gun.
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PostSat Mar 14, 2015 12:05 pm 
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Reading other posts has made me curious about my memory of the article (Outdoors Magazine?) about wolf attacks on Vancouver Island. I did a google search and could not find any reference to a human killed, but they did kill a few dogs and were seen as having been "tamed" by human contact, in one case actually being fed hot dogs by hand from some hikers(!)... Another comment made was that when the wolves act curious and observant, this is consistent with scoping out an unfamiliar potential prey. I recall encountering a black bear in a very remote part of the north cascades in the 60s. It immediately turned and ran as we clomped across a corduroy bridge, obviously unaccustomed to humans, but we all know about bear behavior in areas where they are accustomed to us. As much is it seems a special experience to be approached by a wolf, it might be best for them and for us to discourage such familiarity.

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PostSat Mar 14, 2015 12:11 pm 
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Treehugger5 wrote:
Hutch wrote:
Wolves making people their prey is so rare I don't think it's worth your mental energy to prepare for, but on the other hand, crazier things have happened. Just ask the dude from Idaho who got chased while on the AlCan highway:

http://www.spokesman.com/blogs/outdoors/2013/jul/14/motorist-has-photos-wolf-chased-sandpoint-cyclist/

Rich Landers-- anyone who lives here and has ever met the guy views with skepticism anything he writes.  rolleyes.gif

1) Clearly there was something in the saddlebags. 

2) The wolf wasn't interested in the man himself.

Email back-and-fourth with Rich quite often. Read all of his stuff, and own his book. What's there to be skeptic about? From my experience, he's been pretty spot on. No need to bash him, the guys an all-star.
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PostSat Mar 14, 2015 2:05 pm 
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Have you ever met him in person?

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PostSat Mar 14, 2015 2:20 pm 
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So no one's actually had a negative wolf encounter.   Imagine that.

Maybe "The Big Bad Wolf" is just a PR problem.

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PostSat Mar 14, 2015 7:02 pm 
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Bedivere wrote:
So no one's actually had a negative wolf encounter.   Imagine that.

Maybe "The Big Bad Wolf" is just a PR problem.

There isn't any ranchers chiming in. It's a different story for them.
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PostSat Mar 14, 2015 7:06 pm 
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I think we're talking about hiking here.  Not too many people hiking with delicious prey animals.  I can see how some of these stories might be different if folks had their sheep with them.

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PostSun Mar 15, 2015 2:05 pm 
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Found these informative video on youtube,

Wolf Etiquette
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