In a ten minute period 8 dogs were killed and one was severely injured in Michigan's Upper Peninsula on Tuesday, August 6. Wolves came in and just destroyed the pack. Before we even had any idea there was a problem, the dogs were mutilated. The scariest part of the whole mess was how quickly it evolved and how close the wolves were to us.
Normally I would never post a picture like this, but I think it is important for everyone to know just how brutal a wolf attack is. I apologize to those that find this picture offensive. Imagine it times nine and that is what the four of us that were running had to face.
Michigan's DNR thought stocking wolves in the UP was a great idea. They supported this natural method of controlling the deer herd by bringing back the wolves. I wonder if anyone who supports this decision has ever had to witness first hand the effect of wolves on beagles and their owners.
I was lucky in that I only lost one pup. Scotty Derrick and Larry Harrison each lost two of their best dogs. The Old Man lost four dogs. But the loss was way more than just losing hounds. The majesty of the swamps and the joy of chasing a hare won't ever be quite the same.
After almost 20 years of traveling north 3 - 5 times a year I am not sure if I will go back to the UP. I worry too for the houndsmen in the Strongs area. I am sure this wolf pack is just getting started.