Keep an eye on your Dogs while traveling in Northern Wolf Country

Real Estate Agent with Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, EXP #1 in Forest Land Mgmt

Keep an eye on your Dogs while traveling in Northern Wolf Country.

As many of you know we have been working in and camping in some fairly intense Wolf country this winter and of course keeping an eye on the dogs.

Drake had to stay home at the office, but Jack got to come along.

The one condition that Jack had to agree to before joining the expedition, was to keep his safety leash on at all times and stick close to me.


Here is a post from the past that will explain a bit about why this is so important.



Keep an eye on your Dogs when traveling in Northern Wisconsin Wolf Country.usfs wolf image

  At least 24 dogs were killed by Wolves in the third quarter of this 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

Comments (16)

William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

The wold issue is getting worse reguardless of what many people think.  It is only goiong to get worse.  Coyotes are very brave in my area.  I have the gun at ready all the time.

Mar 01, 2015 10:02 AM
Lou Ludwig
Ludwig & Associates - Boca Raton, FL
Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC


It makes a lot of sense to me.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Mar 01, 2015 10:23 AM
Larry Johnston
Broker, Friends & Neighbors Real Estate and Elkhart County Subdivisions, LLC - Elkhart, IN
Broker,Friends & Neighbors Real Estate, Elkhart,IN

Hi Bob Crane ,  That's a bit scary.  I hope they can get a handle on the wolf population there soon.

Mar 01, 2015 12:10 PM
Noah Seidenberg
Coldwell Banker - Evanston, IL
Chicagoland and Suburbs (800) 858-7917

Love your photo Bob Crane I hate to say this but I think something has been upset in the coyotes natural food chain.

Mar 01, 2015 02:14 PM
Joe Petrowsky
Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709 - Manchester, CT
Your Mortgage Consultant for Life

Good morning Bob. Not really an issue in the Northeast, but we still have to pay attention to our pets as there are other predators.

Make it a great week!

Mar 01, 2015 06:08 PM
Donald Hester
NCW Home Inspections, LLC - Wenatchee, WA
NCW Home Inspections, LLC

Bob, Having lived in the mountains for some time  you have to be aware of your environment.  What is the wolf population now and what is considered sustainable?

Mar 01, 2015 11:44 PM
Wayne Johnson
Coldwell Banker D'Ann Harper REALTORS® - San Antonio, TX
San Antonio REALTOR, San Antonio Homes For Sale

Bob Crane interesting the different physical obstacles we face around the country. 

Mar 01, 2015 11:45 PM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Thanks, Bob, for sharing this experience. This is good advice for area residents and visitors.

Mar 02, 2015 01:59 AM
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

That is kind of scary and I am sure that a dog wouldn't stand much of a chance against a wolf.

Mar 02, 2015 02:42 AM
Robert Bob Gilbert
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Anderson Properties - Katy, TX
Your Katy TX ( West of Houston) Real Estate Expert

Bob, I have to say keeping a close eye on your dog is a smart idea when in wolf country. I was unaware there is such a population problem these days with wolves. I think wolves hunt in packs?  

Mar 02, 2015 06:40 AM
Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES
Tropic Shores Realty - Ich spreche Deutsch! - Spring Hill, FL
Florida Waterfront and Country Club Living

Bob, our pets are too easy a prey to resist.  These. Wolves are pretty brazen to venture into people's yards.

Mar 02, 2015 10:30 AM
Lisa Von Domek
Lisa Von Domek Team - Dallas, TX
....Experience Isn't Expensive.... It's Priceless!

Hello Bob,

Great safety post for our beloved pets...I don't have to worry about wolves, but coyotes are a big concern!

Mar 02, 2015 10:34 AM
Evelyn Johnston
Friends & Neighbors Real Estate - Elkhart, IN
The People You Know, Like and Trust!

What a scary thought for both the pet owner and the animal.  I wouldn't be able to stand it!

Mar 02, 2015 10:41 AM
Shanna Hall
Real Estate Solutions - Kirkwood, MO
I love selling houses!!!St. Louis, MO 314-703-1311

Bob Crane interesting read- I didn't realize that wolves would be such a problem- I can't say that I have ever come across a wild wolf.  Keep Jack and Drake safe!

Mar 02, 2015 09:21 PM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, EXP - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

I ran into a fellow named Thor today who manages the airport in International Falls, after exchanging hugs and kisses with Jack, he told me how many problems sled dog kennels are having with Canis Lupus. he said sled dogs are a wolf's favorite food.

I told him that I am holding tight and keeping an eye on Jack, did not get a chance to tell him that I had already written a blog on the topic.

Mar 03, 2015 12:30 AM
Nicholas Crane
Woodland Companies - Cadott, WI
Managing & Appraising Forest Land

Thanks for sharing these reports, our clients gain value from of this type of information.

Mar 22, 2020 10:54 PM