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It's cutting them loose and having the pack run the rabbit until it gives up and goes in a hole or gets caught. And although the dogs usually don't catch it, they run like they want to. Just me and my pack of hounds, in any condition, on any day, in the roughest places I can find . . .

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

When Wolves Attack

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.

7 comments:

  1. Hey Jim. So sorry to hear this. That is some very bad news. I hope things get better for all that lost their hounds.

    Greg Hunter

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  2. Hate like hell to see that JCM. I feel for you. Wish those city people that love wolves so much could open their eyes long enough to let a little reality sink in.

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  3. Living in the heart of wolf country I count myself as being lucky....so far. For me it's not if but when I will have to go through the same situation as you fellas. Sorry for your loss's my friend and keep your head up and keep on keeping on.

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  4. Thanks guys!

    The thing I hate more than anything is how this will change running in the future. I will have to find a new spot to run the big rabbits. I just don't want to give that up.

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  5. Man i don't know what id do if i lost my hounds i can only imagine what you are going threw ii hope evening gets better and for everybody in the up i hope this doesn't happen to you all Im sorry to here about your lose i know how much my hounds mean to me and i know yours meant alot to you Im sorry for your loss just keep your head up and keep hunting

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  6. On August 9th, we lost two Beagles to wolves in Mackinac County. Scar age 11 and Buddy age 7.

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  7. Bad Deal wow wait till they take our guns

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