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Manage wolves

July 22, 2013
Russ Balconi , The Mining Journal

To the Journal editor:

About 50 years ago, I took my three oldest kids for a scenic boat ride. As we approached the shore I noticed another boat to my right and ahead of us. When this boat got closer to shore we saw two animals on the shore, one ran down the beach and into the woods.

The other stayed. The animal that stayed was a large doe that had the back bottom of its stomach torn out. The two men in the other boat were doctors. They asked me if I could kill the deer.

I did by hitting it behind the head with the edge of a canoe paddle. We dragged the carcass off the beach and we both left. We were not very far from shore when the wolf returned for his lunch.

I have seen only eight wolves in my life. I have seen many wolf tracks and often heard them howl in the evening. Once in Canada, a camp guest shot a moose just before dark on a cold wet evening. It was dressed and the liver taken to camp; the next morning they took the boat to get the moose.

All they found were bones and pieces of hide. That had to be a feast for a few wolves. I once saw a wolf east of Newberry that had the mange so bad I would have done him a favor had I hit him with the car. Wolves are a big beautiful animal but like all animals they eat. Favorite food is anything they can get; Young fawns, rabbits, dogs, deer, cows and even moose.

I believe that game management personnel are better qualified to control the wolf population than the general public, who in most cases, have never seen a wolf or heard them howl at night.

Russ Balconi

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