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i can’t locate the story…where is it corey?
Click “This article” that the post starts with and it takes you there…it is below the image of the wolf skull.
The problem I see is the the wild wolves return to meet the same fate as their forefathers: get shot by a hunter. Ooops, that was no coyote!
The same thing happened for a decade in Germany, where wolves were frequently shot by hunters claiming silly things like mistaking them for dogs, or protecting children because the wolf was within 2 kms of a village.
It was only after many years of such senseless shootings and a good amount of educating the public that wolves finally started to establish themselves in Germany again and reproduced – on a military area, where hunters have no access. Coincidence?
Very cool news! As Jochen said, though, hunters are going to make it very tough for this species to reestablish itself. Not only will many mistake wolves for coyotes (and shoot them), but a lot will also be out hunting those wolves because they perceive them as predators that compete with them for deer and turkey. Not all hunters in New York feel that way, but I know several who do. On a more positive side note, I didnt know that wolves have come back to Germany!
@Pat: there are at least 7 established packs and several pairs in Germany, and the current population is estimated to be around 50-60 individuals. The vast majority of them live in the Lausitz (6 packs), but the rest is scattered throughout the North-East and East.
That is very cool.
I know of a credible (though rare and not confirmed) wolf report on the north slope of the ADK’s in about 1972 or so.
thanks Corey, got it..and Good luck wolf in Vermont…because I am from there, and let me tell you, Mr. Wolf…High tailit outta there, cause they are already taking about killing you, once and for all,so that Vt can fill up with wanna be organic farmers, and sell cherry tomatoes for 100$ a pint. No place in Vermont for Wolves, because its too full of tourists and non-Vermonters…..RUN away, save yourself…Go to New Hampshire….
Very nice article I’m a Vermonter and last spring I saw…something while I was turkey hunting. I make no claims of being an expert on wolves but I can tell you this. It was not a normal Coyote. My family believed me because a friend of my family had recently lost several cows to something. but once I tried to tell the story to other people I just got laughed at. I don’t regret not shooting it mainly because all I had was Turkey shot which would have forced the animal to suffer, possibly for days before death. but I would have liked to prove what I saw.
I googled this topic after a sighting that blew my mind this past weekend (Oct). I’m a deer hunter who saw a deer population in a private hunting area in CT completely taken over by Yotes. After seeing a very productive area go barren in one year I became a student of the Yote world. I bot some videos and books and read up. I saw a battleship grey coyote down in CT alongside a normal tan yote. The grey yote was as big as a german Shepard. I came to learn that there has been some interbreeding with grey wolves “allegedly lol” which resulted in this composite.
Nothing could have prepared me for this weekend though! Around 830 pm I was driving through a semi isolated area of VT about 5 miles from the nearest town of about 700 people. It’s pretty remote and borders some really big area of state forest etc. Comming up a dirt road I saw a small, really small black bear haul ass accross the road in my headlights. Behind him was something my eyes saw but my mind refused to believe, either the tallest coyote I have ever seen or something else? It did all happen really fast but as I say I”m a hunter and I have seen yotes before. Several times live in the wild. I know what they look like. I saw the hair. I saw the height. It was TO TALL TO BE A YOTE, even a big one lol. This thing was really big and it was hauling after the bear cub or small bear!
The next morning I returned to the spot and found one track and took a pic of it. It was strange, had four toes with claw marks in front of them. This didn’t register as a cat print because of the claws, I’ve seen those tracks b4. It was to big to be a yote track cause it was about 5 inches total.
So I head into town to the hardware store and I’m relaying the story to the guy at the counter when a stranger overhears it and comes up to me and says “I think I know what you saw”. Come to find out they have trail cammed a full grown wolf up in the area I saw the encounter. One or two hunters have seen him and judged his weight at about 120lbs! I have to tell you, the sight of a small bear running for it’s life chased by that is something I won’t forget.
Be careful in VT all you bowhunters! Gun hunters too I guess. Sighting was in lower central VT btw.