Wolves on the Westside?

Discussion in 'Fly Fishing Forum' started by scottr, Aug 19, 2012.

  1. scottr Active Member

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    Yesterday, I went fishing up the Middle Fork of the Snoqualmie with my family. I was up river about 300 yards from where my family was hanging out playing on the shore of the river. I was working my way back downstream when my wife starts yelling and making gestures that there was an animal off in the bushes. I was thinking a black bear but when I got within hearing range she says "it was a really big grey dog with a thick coat and very bushy tail". By her account ( I never saw it), the animal was on the edge of the high water mark about 50 yards away between her and the road. When she saw the animal moving at a fast pace up river she called the kids in behind her, it stopped and stared at her for a few seconds, and then continued up river through the washout. The animal never threatened her or the kids. My pistol was sitting on a towel about 5 feet away from her but she was so freaked I bet if it had threatened her she would have probably thrown rocks and forgotten about the gun.

    She has seen plenty of coyotes from a far and as close as ten yards and she is convinced this was not a coyote. Later that night she looked at a lot of the WDFW wolf game camera images and she is convinced it was a wolf.

    As a crow flies the western edge of the Teanaway Wolf pack is no more than 50 miles from wher we were and with the Taylor Bridge fire pushing a lot of animals around I wonder if there are wolves pushing west. We know it's only a matter of time before they make it over the Cascades to find the deer and elk populations (hello North Bend) to their liking but I always guessed it would be another year before we heard anecdotal reports and 2 years before the WDFW would acknowledge a western wolf presence. After yesterday I am pretty sure they are already here. I'm going to call the WDFW tomorrow to talk to them about it.

    So what do you think?
  2. Derek Young 2011 Orvis Endorsed Fly Fishing Guide Of The Year

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    Maybe it was the huge piles of trash that the "campers" were leaving behind. I was up there this morning, and it's becoming a total joke again. And the road's not even paved yet. Perhaps the wolves will treat the place better.
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  3. scottr Active Member

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    I hauled a bunch of trash out that "campers" had left behind. I'll take encounters with four legged beast over the losers that visit the MF any day of the week. It'd be nice to see a sheriff or gamey drive up there at least once a day.
  4. Trustfunder Active Member

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  5. Trustfunder Active Member

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    I would say its a wolf, 50 miles is a morning jog for a wolf. Once you have a pack established, young males will travel great distances to establish territory and new hunting grounds.

    I would also say your elk herd has already been spotted, the Fish and Game get pretty tight lipped about where wolves are or could be.
  6. ak_powder_monkey Proud to Be Alaskan

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  7. Brian White Recovering Bugmeister/Troutlandish?

    Wish the wolves would thin the herd of trash-dumpers - now THERE is a species that needs to be brought back into balance or scared back to its natural habitat....
  8. Jason Rolfe Wanderer

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    Just read through all the info on wolf packs on the WDFW website.

    Some interesting info. I didn't realize there were so many wolves in Washington. Pretty awesome, in my opinion.
  9. Gary Thompson dirty dog

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    Cool, wolves are cool animals.
    Not cool if you have a cattle or sheep ranch and the wolves are kicking your ass.
    Glad you family got a chance to see one up close.
    I also agree that the wolves can start on the "trash dumpers" any time any place.
    I can see the head lines now. "trash dumpers" endangered and mall shopper beware, the wolves are watching.
  10. steelydan Newb seeking wisdom

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    If I didn't know the person and know that they're not prone to hyperbole, I'd call BS.
    The 'fire causes dispersion' idea really makes sense.
    The Teanaway pack is confirmed, why not a little jaunt west for a bold young male?
    I'm curious for the next chapter.
  11. Mike Ediger Active Member

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    Different pack and place, but still very cool to see in person.
  12. Old Man Just an Old Man

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    The Wolves here in Montana like to kill the sheep just because they are sheep. They' will/have killed up to 100 a night just because they can.
  13. zen leecher aka bill w born to work, forced to fish

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    It won't be long before wolf fur is available to fly tiers.
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  14. Bill Aubrey Active Member

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    In the early 70's when I was stationed in the Arctic, I had a wolf that lived with me. I didn't "own"her because you can't, but it was great to get out on the tundra and watch her run. When the local pack was in the area, she would communicate with them and everyone loved to listen, except a couple of times when one colonel would call me about 3-4 am and ask me to bring her inside so he could get some sleep. She was extremely friendly and never threatened anyone or any domestic animals. She had been found as a pup.
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  15. WonkyWapiti Member

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    A buddy of mine was confronted by a pack in the Teanaway about a week and half ago while he was riding his horse. He had them in front and flanking him on both sides. He walked his horse out by backing him down the trail all the while the wolves paralleled him on both flanks at thirty yards. The incident scared the hell out of him and he reported it to WDFW. This is the cliff notes version of his tale.
  16. scottmel Member

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    I came across two wolves while backpacking in the Pioneers in Central Idaho (just north of Ketchum/Sun Valley). They were a lot bigger than I thought they would be and I wasn't intimidated by their presense - I was more along the lines of, "Wow! I just saw two wolves!"
  17. steelydan Newb seeking wisdom

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  18. scottr Active Member

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  19. bennysbuddy the sultan of swing

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    It won't be long before a wolf attacts a jogger at greenlake,
  20. ribka Active Member

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    Be even cooler if one had a valid wolf tag in your pocket.
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