Use Caution: Local Wildlife Is Feeling Frisky

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Real Estate Broker/Owner with Jesse Clifton & Associates, REALTORS® AREC License #15292

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game and the Alaska State Troopers are warning residents to be alert and take precautions again the pack of wolves that are currently roaming around the area.

Residents of 14-30 Mile Chena Hot Springs Road have reported several sightings including some very close encounters. Two dogs have reportedly been killed by very aggressive wolves. A third dog was almost killed but was saved by its owner by chasing the wolves in his vehicle. Other reports put the wolf pack around the Chena Lakes Recreation Area of North Pole.

We're very close to Chena Lakes and although I haven't seen anything I did find an interesting trail running across our front lawn last night. The glow from the Christmas trees lit up a fresh trail in the snow, running from our side yard (state land) across the front of our lawn.

One Chena Hot Springs Road resident encountered the pack when she and her husband were leaving for work; several scattered when they went to get into their car but two, apparently very large wolves, stood their ground in the driveway.

Fish and Game biologists suspect the pack consists of up to 7 wolves; 2 adults and for our five yearlings. If you have pets, please make sure to keep a watchful eye on them when they are outside. Although they haven't shown any aggression toward humans, I would advise you to take extreme caution. No one wants to be the exception to the rule.

If you have any questions or want to report a sighting, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game can be reached at (907) 459-7231. Stay alert and be safe!

 

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Susan Walters
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Far as I know, we don't have wolves in Michigan, not even in the UP.  Can that adorable face really be the face of a killer?  Of course I believe you, but you have to appreciate the beauty of nature, and respect the boundaries.  Keep safe, you and your pets.
Dec 04, 2007 05:44 PM #1
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Gary Bland R (S) E-Pro, ABR
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I wonder if the food source has been depleted already or just easy for them to attack home pets.
Dec 04, 2007 06:27 PM #2
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Hi, Susan:  They are very beautiful.  My family used to own a remote fly-in hunting lodge years ago and I can remember seeing them on many occasions.  It's one thing to see them in person but I'm here to tell you they evoke strong feelings of concern, if not downright fear.  I don't know how large the wolves are that are here now but I've seen a few that were very, very large; easily 80-90lbs.  That's a lot of potentially aggressive fur.
Dec 04, 2007 06:38 PM #3
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Mike Jaquish
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Here in the home of the North Carolina State University Wolfpack, we have re-introduced the red wolf into the coastal plain nature reserves.

But we don't have the gray wolves.  Beautiful!  And I am sure they are intimidating.

It's all I can do to keep the neighbors' cat away from the birds in our yard...

Dec 04, 2007 09:41 PM #4
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Susan Walters
Keller Williams Realty, Ann Arbor, MI - Ann Arbor, MI

Mike, I chuckled at your cat/birds comment.  We feed the birds on our deck and on rare and horrific occasion one of our cats has caught a bird.  They don't know what to do with them usually and most have been able to fly away.

A truly tragic thing happened a few years ago when a wily peacock got away from the 4H kids down the road and began hanging around to eat seed from our feeders.  They are very difficult to capture - the bird sanctuary told me to get a peahen....  I lowered the front entrance feeder to peacock height and we loved seeing him arrive to eat.  (My oldest daughter named him Fabio.)  We were horrified to discover him dead in the yard one day.  The grandfather of the 4H kids said the kill was consistent with a bird of prey.  We buried him under the weeping willow tree in the back corner of our yard. 

Dec 05, 2007 04:06 AM #5
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Gary: They aren't sure what's bringing them into town.  It's pretty common to see Moose around town.  This summer with a few grizzlies that were roaming around a pretty populated area on the outskirts of town.
Dec 05, 2007 02:35 PM #6
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Roberta LaRocca
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Wow, they are beautiful animals but that is a bit scary!  I have lived with a lot of wildlife but nothing like that! 
Dec 09, 2007 04:28 PM #7
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Hi, Roberta: We see Moose on a fairly regular basis, which can be dangerous but to have wolves prowling around is a little spooky.  They attacked two more dogs just off Chena Hot Springs Road Friday night.  The owner said there wasn't anything left but the collar.  Very sad.
Dec 09, 2007 05:17 PM #8
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