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Ketchikan dogs fall prey to wolf pack, biologist says
HUNGRY: Lack of snow makes it harder for predators to kill deer.


The Associated Press

(Published: March 6, 2003)
Ketchikan -- Hungry wolves are killing dogs in the Ketchikan area, according to a state wildlife management biologist.

At least four dogs have been killed in the past month, Boyd Porter said. It appears that a pack that has always come close to town now has become skilled at killing dogs, he said.

Some dogs were accompanied by people, Porter said. The four deaths occurred north of the city.

Though it's not unusual to have wolves kill and eat one or two dogs annually, the numbers appear higher this year, he said, probably because the wolves are having a harder time finding deer to eat. A lack of snow this winter has allowed deer to roam a wider than normal territory.

Porter said some dogs that were killed were out of sight of their owners but within earshot. In one case, the owner heard a yip, a few barks and then silence. Nothing was found but some blood and hair.

It is unusual for wolves to be so bold, Porter said. They generally will not get that close to humans, but these particular wolves "are willing to tolerate people in closer quarters than they normally would."

Porter said his office also is looking into two possible wolf kills near Carlanna Lake Road within Ketchikan city limits.

"The home range of that pack probably encompasses all of Ketchikan proper," he said.

In addition to dog deaths, Porter said, there have been reports of wolf sightings and signs of wolves on area trails. Those include trails in the popular Ward Lake area.

Porter cautioned people to be careful when hiking with their dogs. Keep pets under immediate control, he said, and don't let them run loose day or night.

If hikers and their dogs encounter a wolf, the first thing they should do is get the dog under control. Then, Porter said, make as much noise as possible.

He said the wolves likely will remain in the area through the first week of April. After that, the pack will move away from town to its denning site.
 

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:cry: Here in Wisconsin we have wolves killing dogs every year. It's fairly common. The dogs aren't always eaten sometimes they get killed for running through a pack's area. I believe the DNR reimbuses you some of the value of your dog. It's an enormus fine if a wolf gets killed because they are endangered here. I've heard that problem wolves are just moved to another county. I can't see how that stops them from killing livestock. I don't dislike wolves I think they should be managed like game species.
 

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Wolves are killing dogs quite a bit now in Wisconsin. They have killed dogs right in small towns in northern Wisconsin with no fear of man at all some residence say." They just stand there and look at me right in my back yard" one woman said.
 

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the sad thing is that if a person is killed and a wolf is killed, people care more about the wolf. here in wisconsin a girl was killed and a wolf was too at about the same time. the wolf got way more coverage and a reward was even offered for info leading to the arrest of the wolf killer. no reward was ever offered for the girl. :cry:
 
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