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Wolf Attack


Randy Ouverson had won three competition hunts in 1998 with Spook. Randy had already qualified for the World Hunt quarter finals in Indiana, and if he won there, he would move to the championship in Oklahoma that year. That was before one horrifying night back in July, 1998.

          Ouverson and some friends were out coonhunting in the Rum River State Forest when he heard his dog cry out. Spook, a treeing Walker, normally had a resounding bark, but this was not her normal cry, so Ouverson wondered what was wrong. Had she found a porcupine?

          She barked again and then Ouverson heard her for the last time. "Her last bark sounded like someone put a vice on her neck and she was choking." he said.

          The dog was equipped with a radio collar, so Ouverson started trying to track her. They heard a signal, and it sounded like they were getting closer, then it disappeared.

          Ouversons friend heard something running through the woods, so Ouverson figured she was O.K. He called and fired a pistol but she didn't return. The next morning they searched for the dog again. After getting a signal from the collar, they finally found her.

          All that remained was her head and front leg. The spine had been broken above the first rib, and the skin on her neck was torn cleanly.

          Ouverson immediately suspected wolves, and looked around for sign, but it was to dry to find any tracks. There was an area that had been disturbed. He pictured two wolves tugging on the carcass. In three other spots, the grass was matted down, as if they had settled down to eat. Blood was spattered two or three feet up the trunk of a tree.

          Ouverson knew there were wolves in the area. He and his friend had heard them howling that night, and 10 days earlier two other dogs had been attacked a few miles away.

          The day after her death, Randy called the federal trapper in Grand Rapids to tell him about the attack. He said there was nothing he could do since the attack took place on public land. Ouverson wanted him to come down to confirm that it was a wolf attack, but the trapper did not have time.

          The DNR is continually hosting roundtable discussions about wolf management in Minnesota, in preparation for the wolf's removal from the endangered species list. If you ever have a chance to give some input into the issue of repopulating wolves "anywhere in the USA", I say we don't need them; just give out more deer permits and us human hunters will keep down the deer population.

          Note from the Magazine Editor:  If wolves can do this to a treeing Walker coonhound, which are often used to hunt coyotes what do you think a wolf could do to our hunting Beagles, farm animals, or for the matter -- humans? Just food for thought if you are ever asked your opinion on repopulating wolves into their original (native) hunting grounds throughout the USA.

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