The body of Candice Berner was discovered March 8, 2010, off a 7-mile gravel road leading to the Chignik Lake airstrip.
Photo courtesy Lake and Peninsula School District
CHIGNIK LAKE: Evidence points to attack by two or three animals, troopers say.
By JAMES HALPIN
Alaska State Troopers on Thursday concluded a woman found dead in Chignik Lake early this week was most likely killed in a wolf attack, and state authorities were headed there to try to capture or kill the animals.
Candice Berner, 32, appeared to have been killed Monday evening during a run along a remote road outside the Alaska Peninsula community, according to troopers.
The state medical examiner concluded, following an autopsy Thursday morning, that the cause of death was “multiple injuries due to animal mauling.” Based on interviews with biologists and villagers in Chignik Lake, troopers concluded wolves were the animals most likely responsible, troopers spokeswoman Megan Peters said in a statement………..
“Local residents report nightly sightings of wolves in the area,” Yuhas said. “It was determined that any wolves at or near the fatality site are to be considered an immediate threat to human safety. We are attempting to obtain biological samples of wolves in the area and to identify the offenders.”
UPDATE to this story paraphrased above:
Bowhunting Woman in Idaho hunted by wolves. Wolves lost. The lady was packin’
“One of my Idaho Outfitter friends hunted a group of out-of-state elk archery hunters from the Great Lakes region last week and they called in a pack of 17 wolves by cow calling. None of the hunters had a sidearm or wolf tag and it was a very traumatic experience as the wolves surrounded the hunters! All hunters went home early very disturbed claiming these wolves are very different from the Great Lakes wolves as they claimed these Idaho wolves actually “Hunt” you and were not afraid!”
The account came with a plea to archery elk hunters to carry a sidearm for protection, where legal.
– See more at: http://www.skinnymoose.com/bbb/2011/09/28/idaho-woman-attacked-by-wolf/#sthash.znV7rlzO.dpuf
On of the more recent deaths by wolves, famous for the fact that it went to court. Full document in Word format below. Shared with the permission of the Author.
And a brief video. One of many.
The truth is wolves are killing machines, they are the ultimate predator in North America. They are not even surpassed by the grizzly bear. Do the research! You will find wolves are not conservationists, they are known to kill everything in the ecosystem starting with prey first, then other predators, then start killing each other because they are cannibals.
You want to discuss cattle not being killed in a humane way, in comparison to wolves there is none. Wolves are addictive “Sport Killers” this takes place during the winter in heavy snow, the deeper snow the more “Sport Killing” deer and elk carcasses literally slaughtered for miles on snow-covered logging roads, (two dead elk approximately 150 feet apart), only hind quarters ripped out not eating any of their prey, the carcass left to rot for scavengers, and in many cases the animals are left standing alive bleeding a torturous death in the snow for several days with only hindquarters torn out. It is a very slow and excruciating painful death. This happens routinely while teaching young pup wolves how to hunt……….
Wolves are known as man eaters throughout the world. See Peter Chapstick’s book titled ( Man Eaters).
Read more HERE
“I talked to the people. And they were fine. And I like to talk. It is my nature, and so I kept talking and as I turned back to my truck all of a sudden this wolf jumped me, and all I could feel was fur on my face and jaws around my neck. There was no growling. He was just suddenly there, wrapped around my neck. I couldn’t speak. I couldn’t yell. So I put my arms by my sides and relaxed.”
Montana Releases Latest Wolf Numbers,
RMEF Maintains Call for Proper Management
MISSOULA, Mont.—The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation maintained its call for the science-based management of wolves as Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP) released its 2012 estimate of the state’s wolf population. FWP reports there are a minimum of 625 wolves in Montana, which amounts to a four percent drop since the last count in December 2011 and equates to a wolf population remaining well above the state’s management objective.
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IIdaho Bowhunter Shoots Wolf That was Stalking Him.
Most of the time, wolves stay away from hunters and wolf attacks in the U.S. are almost unheard of. But, as Idaho elk hunter Rick Pearce can tell you, this isn’t always the case.
Pearce was bowhunting for elk in the upper Squaw Creek when a pack of wolves responded to his cow calls and bugling. Pearce had a wolf tag, so he kept calling to see what they would do.
He told the story to the Challis Messenger: “Five wolves heard the dinner bell and came to within 70 yards of his position. The alpha female had two pups that started circling, one to the left and one to the right.’I knew they were flanking me and didn’t want it to go farther,’ Pearce said.
Then, a sixth wolf Pearce hadn’t seen before sneaked in behind him, coming within 40 yards. Pearce could hear the large animal, probably the alpha male of the pack, panting behind him.
‘It made the hair on the back of my neck stand up,’ Pearce said.
Pearce made a 70-yard shot with an arrow, which hit the wolf in the right front leg and passed through the rib cage. The wolf went down, then made its way into some timber. Pearce followed the blood trail. The wolf got up, growled and lunged at him. Pearce finished him off with his .22 caliber pistol.
As Pearce got his ATV to retrieve the carcass, the other wolves kept circling, staying within 60-70 yards.
‘I thought it was kind of strange they hung around,’ Pearce said. ‘People assume they will take off and run.’ These wolves, however, were pretty aggressive, he said.”
Courtesy of Outdoor Life Online
Blast from the past from back in ’06 Jack Atcheson stalked by wolf in Montana…
Wolf Stalks Hunters! – A First-Hand Report
By Jack Atcheson, Jr.
On January 28, 2006, my hunting party was stalked by an adult wolf while we were elk hunting. Outfitter John Cargill and I were accompanying Bob Bushmaker, who had a late bull elk permit for area 362 in the Madison Valley of southwest Montana. It was the second day of Bob’s four-day bull elk hunt. Bob had scouted the area for some weeks before in search of a mature bull elk. We had ridden by horseback, south into the sourthfork of Indian Creek, where we came across the largely devoured carcass of a calf elk. Tracks indicated that the elk had been run into the creek bottom by a large pack of wolves. Wolf tracks were found in profusion throughout the creek bottom. It appeared that the kill was about three to four days old. At the same time, we spotted a large trophy bull elk on the mountainside, grazing. We waited for it to move to its bedding ground to determine if we could stalk it. It was very cold and windy, and the elk fed until 10:30 am.
Since we spotted the elk at about daylight, we decided to build a fire to stay warm. We tied off the animals and while waiting, we were suddenly surprised to see two of our animals bolt and run for several hundred yards. Knowing these animals, we found it unusual that these normally calm animals would react in this manner, particularly in this weather. We retied the animals closer to us and returned to the campfire. Smoke from the fire was blowing north. Bob Bushmaker suddenly blurted out, “There is a wolf!” I have seen wolves throughout North America and Asia over the last 35 years. Most of them were running long before I saw them. I spun around expecting to see this wolf behaving in the normal fashion, but was shocked to see the animal creeping forward, eyes intently focused on us. It had the look of a housecat sneaking up on a robin. It was obviously a full-grown wolf, and it did not have a collar. Its appearance was that of an animal in completely good health.
The wolf advanced in an aggressive manner to exactly 47 yards from the campfire and the three hunters when it finally stopped. John had grabbed a rifle and worked the bolt as the animal’s intentions were highly suspect at the moment. The sound of the bolt working stopped the wolf in his tracks, and his attitude changed considerably. He relaxed to the point he actually sat down and yawned. Bob snapped off a number of photos showing the animal advancing aggressively to the point when it tucked its tail between its legs and slinked away. It retreated about 100 yards and stood for a few more minutes behind a juniper tree before slowly working north away from us. At all times, the riding animals were in full sight, the hunters were in full sight and our fire was in full sight. Also, the wind was full into the wolf’s face.
The wolf was not approaching the carcass. The wolf was directly focused on us three hunters. It seems that this wolf may have been a part of a pack of 10 wolves that had been frequenting this region. I knew that aggressive wolf behavior was not uncommon in this area. In the last several years, two miles to the north, wolves had killed Todd Durham’s dog in front of his toddlers and steers only a few hundred yards from his house. Dave Henderson, ranch manager of the Carroll Ranch, two miles to the south, had lost his dog, a mule and recently a three-year-old colt was bit in the hock. Montana Fish and Game has a full-time observer in this area that we saw every day. The wolf did not attack us and left, but it changed our hunt. We had watched the bull elk that Bob wanted bed down on the mountain above us. Normally, all three of us would have climbed the mountain and tried to take the old bull. But now, John Cargill felt compelled to stay in the valley floor with the three riding animals in fear that, defenseless and tied to a tree, they would end up with the same fate as Todd Durham’s dog, and David Henderson’s dog, mule and three-year-old colt.
If you scoff at the behavior of this wolf, then the next time you walk into your neighbor’s yard and his 15-pound yapper decides to take a notch out of your leg, consider what will go through your mind if you see a 100-pound wolf as it boldly approaches you. – Jack Atcheson, Jr. of Jack Atcheson & Sons
A history of the hundreds of attacks and fatalities caused by wolves on humans throughout the ages.
A nasty disease passed on by Wolves and Coyotes. A Hydatid cyst being removed from a persons brain cavity.
From the Biggamehoundsmen.com:
This disease is based on a tiny tape worm (Echinococcus granulosus) which lives in the gut of canids –wolves, domestic dogs, coyotes – in great multitudes. It produces tiny eggs which are passed out in large volume in the feces of infected canids. Normally these tiny eggs spread out on forage consumed by deer, elk, moose etc. Once ingested the eggs develop into big cysts in the lung, liver or brain of the infected herbivore. Each cyst contains huge numbers of tiny tape-worm heads. The disease kills the host outright or makes it susceptible to predation. When it’s lungs or liver are consumed by wolves, dogs or coyotes, cysts included, the tiny tapeworms are freed, attach themselves to the gut, and grow and produce eggs, closing the cycle. Humans pick up the disease from the fur of infected wolves, dogs or coyotes they handle, or from the feces they disturb. Wolf scat can be contaminated with millions upon millions of tiny tape worm eggs. These eggs, like fine dust, can become readily air born and landing on hands and mouth. The larvae move into major capillary beds – liver, lung, brain – where they develop into large cysts full of tiny tape worm heads. These cysts can kill infected persons unless they are removed surgically. It consequently behooves us (a) to insure that this disease does not become wide spread, and (b) that hunters and guided know that wolf scats and coyote scats should never be touched or kicked. Therefore, do not touch or kick wolf feces – on principle! Avoid it and do not disturb. (c) In areas with Echinococcus skinning of wolves and coyotes must be done with great care using gloves and masks!
In Alaska alone, over 300 cases of hydatid disease in humans had been reported since 1950 as a result of canids (dog family), primarily wolves, contaminating the landscape with billions of E. granulosus eggs in their feces (called “scat” by biologists). These invisible eggs are ingested by grazing animals, both wild and domestic, and occasionally by humans who release clouds of the eggs into the air by kicking the scat or picking it up to see what the wolf had been eating. As with many other parasites, the eggs are very hardy and reportedly exist in extremes of weather for long periods, virtually blanketing patches of habitat where some are swallowed or inhaled. As Dr. Valerius Geist explained in his Feb-Mar 2006 Outdoorsman article entitled Information for Outdoorsmen in Areas Where Wolves Have Become Common, “(once they are ingested by animals or humans) the larvae move into major capillary beds – liver, lung, brain – where they develop into large cysts full of tiny tapeworm heads.” He continued, “These cysts can kill infected persons unless they are diagnosed and removed surgically. It consequently behooves us (a) to insure that this disease does not become widespread, and (b) that hunters and other outdoorsmen know that wolf scats and coyote scats should never be touched or kicked.” Dr. Geist’s article also warned, “If we generate dense wolf populations it is inevitable that such lethal diseases as Hydatid disease become established.” Because wolves and other canines perpetuate the disease by eating the organs of animals containing the cysts, and the tapeworms live and lay millions of eggs in their lower intestines, the logical way to insure the disease did not develop was not to import Canadian wolves that were already infected with the parasites.
Full article by Valerius Geist is HERE