This story has not turned out like I had hoped, but some may find interesting none the less. I live in a semi rural area on the K Pen with perhaps 10-15 homes within a half mile radius of my home. There are pockets of homes here and there and many unoccupied lots ranging to ten acres or more. Important to note that there is Big country just a mile away and apparently a wolf snuck into our hoods midst and killed a moose calf on one of these vacant ten acre parcels. This parcel is bordered by roads on two sides completely and has another road touching a third corner of it. Homes occupy 3 sides of this parcel.
It happens I run my pooch at least daily down one side of this parcel as it is a part of our 'loop' run. For a couple weeks in early Jan my dog had been taking unusual detours from her normal spots and was obviously (in hindsight ) trying to tell me about the intruder. I finally investigated her behavior about Tues Jan 19 and discovered unbelievable wolf trails and sign w/o intruding very far into his sanctuary. By the sign I assumed up to five wolves.
The following eve I set up a stand and did some calling till just after dark with no luck. The following morn I took two trail cams, my dog and 22 pistol to further explore. I discovered a calf kill just 60 yards in front of where I had set up the nite before located in a small but thick spruce grove. It was down to chewed and broken bones. After setting the two cams I made a circle thru his sanctuary. As I nearly completed the circle there was a wolf. Standing confused about 70 yards from me, I raised my pistol and wondered whether to shoot or not. (22, distance, pressure on animal) all a concern. Regardless, I got off 3 quik lousy shots as it left the area. I snuck along a bit more and sighted the wolf 3 more times and backed out.
I was flabbergasted at the amount of trails within this 10 acre lot. A perimeter check showed this (what turns out to be just one wolf) had been walking to the edge of the parcel and looking into the back lot lines of homeowners with dogs (or not). Yet the wolf Never left the parcel (parcel defined entirely by two wire fenceline).
My previous years of experience at this parcel had always showed use by coyotes and a fair hare supply in the few thick young groves of spruce there. I could find zero hare tracks or for that matter, Any other tracks cept'in a couple ermine tracks.
I notified a few of the neighbors with dogs of my find. I contemplated trapping/snaring as clearly this was strictly a wolf lair. But still did not want to risk it.
Long story shorter, after studying this situations do seeing it 3 more times a few days later, I decided I needed to employ help to get this wolf. So a week ago yest, I set 2 neighbor friends up on two separate stands where I had determined I could funnel the wolf to. The plan worked well as guy1 saw the wolf down the clearing I had pointed out, but no shot taken. Then the wolf funneled to guy 2 who got a shot w his 22-250 at 30 ft. MISS! Gun jams. He said all he could see in his scope was fur.
Despite our PREhunt plan, which I thought I made clear that we don't want to pressure this wolf so as to chase him from his 'sanctuary', guy 1 left his post after the shot and told the shooter he would go track him. I bumped into guy 1 just half way thru my drive. He had abandoned his 'tracking'. Later, I tracked the wolf to the sanctuary boundary that was the only escape route not thru a neighborhood. The tracks showed wolf panic and at least 3 confused attempts/thoughts by the wolf to go beyond the two strand fence boundary marker. (I could actually see where it's forearms were stretched out on the grd partiaily past the wire while crouching there). But not exiting its sanctuary boundary. Finally, when it for the 3rd time found itself in the very corner of the parcel it made its escape.
The 3 of us hunters left the area and I hoped another few days rest the wolf would again return to his former sanctuary. Unfortunately to me, I found that guy 1 had returned to the escape area just two hrs after our hunt, to further track the wolf in the thicker spruce grove the wolf had fled to.
This past week my investigating is telling me the wolf has fled. No returning tracks by wolf found. In fact, I think I found fresh yote tracks within the sanctuary two days ago. I could be wrong as the snow/tracking conditions are very poor. Am waiting for new snow to verify my guess.
Its been a fun/intriguing experience but I think it's a done deal. I know for some this has been too long winded, for which I appologize, but I welcome comments and hope others explore their local neighborhood to find wondrous new knowledge just never expected.
While we have had wolves nearby the area about every other winter, I would never have believed this wolfs' actions.
Why would a wolf choose to live in a neighborhood?
Thoughts? Comments? Questions?