Protect your Dogs when traveling in Northern Wisconsin Wolf Country

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Protect your Dogs when traveling in Northern Wisconsin Wolf Country.usfs wolf image

  At least 24 dogs were killed by Wolves in the third quarter this past year.

  And so far in the fourth quarter a pet German short haired pointer was killed in her owner's yard in Ashland County.

  Of course these numbers are likely to be underestimations since many other dogs just disappear without any witnesses as to what happened to them while playing in the woods.

WiDnr wolf kill site  It is no secret that our wolf populations are out of control in Wisconsin after years of being on the federal endangered species list, even long after they were no longer endangered.  This last year the DNR even admitted that the populations were at 3 to 400 percent above a manageable population.

  A portion of these were thinned out this past year with our first wolf hunting season since the feds lifted the ban on shooting wolves.

  Over the years of working in the woods at Woodland Management Service I have only occasionally worried about my foresters working in these areas however we do have safety talks occasionally that primarily deal with how to react to wolf encounters, namely, be aggressive toward the wolves, and never ever run away from them.NPS Photo/Nathan Kostegian

  However I do worry about my dogs when I head out to the woods in both Northern and Western Wisconsin where we see signs of these plentiful critters often.

  My dogs like to run around and explore as we do our work in the woods, yet they do stay fairly close to us, always within earshot and generally within view.

  Yet with all of the recent attacks, I am starting to worry that even a few feet may be too far away.

  Especially with Wolves venturing into a family's yard to snag the family pet in Ashland county.

  So while you are out enjoying the Northwoods this fall, keep a close eye on your pets and your kids.

NPS Photo/Nathan Kostegian

Wi Dnr photo

NFWS photo

All from creative commons


This is a reprint from last November, but the stats are similar every year, so caution is still advised.


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Lottie Kendall
Compass - San Francisco, CA
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I'm sure this is a great warning to those in northern Wisconsin. Here is San Francisco---not so much!

Oct 27, 2014 03:39 PM #1
Noah Seidenberg
Coldwell Banker - Evanston, IL
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So important Bob. My neighbor had his dog attacked by Coyotes and it was a miracle he scared them away successfully.

Oct 27, 2014 03:39 PM #2
Lottie Kendall
Compass - San Francisco, CA
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PS---we do have coyotes, however. About a dozen years ago one was spotted trotting across the Golden Gate Bridge from Marin County; they have found life good here--in the Presidio, in Golden Gate Park, and elsewhere in the wildlands of San Francisco.

Oct 27, 2014 03:40 PM #3
Debbie Laity
Cedaredge Land Company - Cedaredge, CO
Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO

I hope you stay safe with the wolves around. We have reports of wolves in my area of Colorado. I've done a post on this, but we don't have the numbers like apparently you have them. I've been told the DNR doesn't want to deal with the wolf sightings because then they will have to come up with a management plan. 

On a side note...back in 1995 I went out on my deck on January 1st, and I heard a wolf howling. At first I dismissed it as a coyote, but then it caught my attention, and I really listened. It wasn't a coyote. I know that sound all too well. We have tons of coyotes in my area. This was different. I stayed and listened. I believe I heard a wolf. 

Oct 27, 2014 03:42 PM #4
Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366
Dry Rot and Water Damage Mobile - 916-765-5366 - Placerville, CA
General Contractor, Dry Rot and Water Damage

We don't have the wolf problem but the coyote can be a problem Bob. Like you said many animals just turn up missing.

Oct 27, 2014 04:13 PM #5
Jack O'Neal
HomeSmart Elite Group - Gilbert, AZ

Definitely something to be aware and carful about. Wild animals and pets usually don't mix well.

Oct 27, 2014 04:40 PM #6
Joe Petrowsky
Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709 - Manchester, CT
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Good morning Bob. We don't really have any wolves sighting around were we live, but can well imaging that part of the country like you described, they could be a challenge.

Oct 27, 2014 06:46 PM #7
Bruce Walter
Keller Williams Realty Lafayette/West Lafayette, Indiana - West Lafayette, IN

Bob, this is a great post for your consumers in Northern Wisconsin to be aware of this issue and to be vigilant in protecting themselves and their pets from prowling wolves.

Oct 27, 2014 07:17 PM #8
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

As we take more and more natural habitat from  wild animals, we are having to co-exist more and more with them! I love my dog - and can't imagine the sorrow those owners must feel! 

Oct 27, 2014 09:20 PM #9
Joe Jackson
Keller Williams Capital Partners Realty - Columbus, OH
Clintonville and Central Ohio Real Estate Expert

Bob - This is good information for dog owners in Northern Wisconsin to be aware of. Alarming to think that dogs might be attacked in their own yards.

Oct 27, 2014 11:11 PM #10
Kristin Johnston - REALTOR®
RE/MAX Realty Center - Waukesha, WI
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This is great information....I see way to many folks around here with no leash :-(

Oct 28, 2014 12:17 AM #11
Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West & Lend Smart Mortgage, Llc. - Carlsbad, CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

Bob: Wolves are plentiful once again. Just like all the coyotes here in the San Diego area. I see them all the time, particularly in the morning and they do hold down the rodent populations. All have a job to to do in Nature's Plan of things. Coexistence requires forethought.

Oct 28, 2014 01:28 AM #12
Wayne and Jean Marie Zuhl
Samsel & Associates - Clark, NJ
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Hi Bob, 

This is very sound advice.  We get the occassional coyote attacking a dog.  Thankfully we don't have wolf packs around here.

Oct 28, 2014 03:25 AM #13
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

I did not realize that you have a wolf problem until I read this blog. This is very good advice!

Oct 28, 2014 06:17 AM #14
Dick Greenberg
New Paradigm Partners LLC - Fort Collins, CO
Northern Colorado Residential Real Estate

Hi Bob - I'm glad we don't have wolves here - I'd be worried too. We have had a few bear encounters while out hiking, but bears generally don't want to have anything to do with dogs. An we keep our eyes out for coyotes, as they can be very aggressive.

Oct 28, 2014 07:35 AM #15
Sussie Sutton
David Tracy Real Estate - Houston, TX
David Tracy Real Estate for Buyers & Sellers

So they have lifted the kill ban on wolves? I hope so, it's like Texas and Louisiana with alligators. They were endangered in Texas and so now they are out of control and now can be "harvested" for commercial purposes. They, like wolves pose a danger to pets and small children.

When you can't take a walk in the woods or swim in a lake due to animal danger it is time to do something.

Oct 28, 2014 12:40 PM #16
Ron Marshall
Marshall Enterprises - Saint Michael, MN
Birdhouse Builder Extraordinaire

Bears amd wolves were always on our minds when we used to go "up north."  But now the bears are in some of our neighbors' backyards, too!

Oct 29, 2014 06:05 AM #17
Tom Braatz Waukesha County Real Estate 262-377-1459
Coldwell Banker - Oconomowoc, WI
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Veery good advice. The same in the UP where they have 300 pound bears

Oct 31, 2014 09:25 AM #18
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
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Good morning Bob. I went to college in Superior and didn't see a wolf. I am a dog person and this is scary. Even now, with wolves and bears where I am, dogs are always watched while out.

Nov 16, 2014 10:25 PM #19
Gloria Todor
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services - Newtown Square, PA
& Doug Durren (484) 431-3686 in SE PA

Hi Bob, Gosh be careful out there with your dogs.  Good post. Very informative. 

In our area it is keeping dogs and cats away from cars....


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