Friday the front page news here in the Valley was that wolves had attacked and killed a dog in Burke.
WALLACE — Domestic dogs were attacked by four wolves around 6 p.m. Wednesday night on the 600 block of Burke Road, just outside of Wallace.
One dog died and another sustained a facial bite, said Shoshone County Sheriff Mitch Alexander, and there were many wolf tracks in the area.
Idaho Fish and Game notified residents in the area and informed them that it is legal to shoot the wolf pack.
Mullan resident Barry Sadler didn’t just have his dogs attacked by wolves a few years ago — they chased his daughter into the front door and came right up on his porch.
“They just can’t coexist with people,” he said. “It’s impossible … as long as they run wild, they’ll continue to kill everything until there’s nothing left.”
Sadler shot and killed one of the offending wolves. His wife, who was inside at the time watching out the window, said that while he was lying on his stomach shooting, one was watching him from about 25 feet away.
He said wolves just chew animals up a lot of the time without eating them, and called them “treacherous and filthy.” The percentage of what they kill versus what they eat is less than 10 percent, Sadler said.
Regarding Wednesday’s attack, he said people don’t realize that wolves would rather eat dogs than any other animal.
“They hate each other,” he said. “They’ll kill dogs any chance they get.”
And his dogs have killed wolves themselves — they’ll come up to the porch covered in blood, he said.
Sadler said he’s not a hunter, and at first, the thought of hunting wolves made him sad because they reminded him of dogs. But then he saw what they’re capable of.
“I know God doesn’t make mistakes,” he said, “but I tell you what — the fly, the mosquito and the wolf … I don’t know what He was thinking when He made those three.”
Calls made to Idaho Fish and Game official Josh Stanley about the attack weren’t immediately returned.
Kelsey Saintz, Shoshone News Press, January 13, 2012
At 4:28pm last night Spokane news station KHQ posted news was that there was another wolf attack on a chained dog in the same area. By 5:20pm they had revised the report to state it was “wild dogs.” Apparently Idaho Fish and Game had showed up and said there were lots of tracks in the area but no wolf tracks.
Saturday morning the front page had a correction: no wolves were involved in either attack. Continue reading “The Call of The Wild”