August 10, 2022

Not In My Back Yard

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In the woods of Idaho, Daniel Woodbridge was out hunting for antler sheds from deer and elk when he spotted two black wolves. This was not an unusual site for Woodbridge as he has seen wolves many times before while venturing into the woods around Challis and the Darling Creek areas.

These two wolves began to approach him. He said he stood in plain sight to make sure the wolves recognized that he was human but the animals continued moving in. He move up-wind so they could scent him, again they continued to near. He then began yelling, flailing his arms and throwing rocks only to be encountered by growls and baring of teeth. The wolves held ground at about 20 yards.

Woodbridge began his retreat toward his truck. As he moved up and over a ridge, the two wolves followed. Once he lost sight of them, he ran as fast as he could to get to his truck. When he got within sight of it, one wolf was following and the other had circled around and was attempting to cut him off from his vehicle.

He was able to safely make it to his truck and drove back to town to report the incident. The following day, Woodbridge and wildlife officer Merrit Horsman, returned to the scene and attempted to call the wolves in. Both wolves returned and acted very much the same way. The wildlife officer assumed that the two wolves were part of a pack of about 13 in that area and that more than likely, the pack was setting up dens in and didn’t care that any intruders were around.

Since the reintroduction of wolves in Idaho and neighboring states, no human has actually been attacked and harmed but officials say it can happen. They are wild animals you know.

Tom Remington