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    Posted: January/24/2009 at 15:23
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First two wolves of the first five wolves (shot legally)  near Pinedale and Big Piney, Wyoming after the season for wolves was opened up.  I would venture to say they are 'just a little bit bigger' than the local coyotes!  These were caught, with two others, in a calving pen, killing livestock.....not eating the livestock, just killing it.  I'm thinkin' my 340 Weatherby isn't too much gun for one of these critters..... fortunately the wolves I saw on Wanda's place weren't near this size...... they were 3x the size of our coyotes, though.....these guys have been eating really well!  Acutally, eating TOO WELL!  It's no wonder the elk and moose calves only have a 20% chance of making it to 6 months old in the Yellowstone area with these big boys around!  Amazingly, the Colorado Division of Wildlife has requested anyone catching a wolf or wolverine in a leg hold trap to "please try to release it alive"....... that could be a pretty good trick!  I was expecting much smaller wolves to be in the 'not safe for wolves zone' ...... wonder how big the wolves are that ran these two out of the 'safe zone'?



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They definately have been eating "Too Well".  Good for those guys.  Hopefully they get the MAXIMUM number of wolves that are allowed per their hunting regulations each year.Excellent

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JEEEEZ!  man I have a 120 lb dog but those things are freakin huge!
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Oh yeah they are very large..... Eek I'd hate to run into one of those in the dark.

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Originally posted by cyborg cyborg wrote:

Oh yeah they are very large..... Eek I'd hate to run into one of those in the dark.

 
How bout letting one loose from a leg hold trap ALIVE, like what was suggested in the email?!?!?!  Shocked
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I know of someone in that area that I would like to see attempt that.  Whistling
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Originally posted by Chris Farris Chris Farris wrote:

I know of someone in that area that I would like to see attempt that.  Whistling
 
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Definitely a shame that he isn't a reason why they are the size that they are.
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Originally posted by cheaptrick cheaptrick wrote:

Originally posted by cyborg cyborg wrote:

Oh yeah they are very large..... Eek I'd hate to run into one of those in the dark.

 
How bout letting one loose from a leg hold trap ALIVE, like what was suggested in the email?!?!?!  Shocked
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Thinking If they will let me shoot it with a tranquilizer a drop it off say near antelope lane. Dude
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Holy Moly those things are monsters-- hell of a taxidermy bill....
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Some of the wolves here in Montana are HUGE.  No doubt some of them stand shoulder high above my waist.  Can't wait to shoot one.  And the wolves are in areas that FWP says they aren't.
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Originally posted by cheaptrick cheaptrick wrote:

Originally posted by cyborg cyborg wrote:

Oh yeah they are very large..... Eek I'd hate to run into one of those in the dark.

 
How bout letting one loose from a leg hold trap ALIVE, like what was suggested in the email?!?!?!  Shocked
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I've actually released a wolf and a fox from leg traps.  They were quite docile and departed without incident.  Wounded, but appreciative, actually, or maybe more understanding that I was not going to inflict more pain.  They were damaged, but not too severely, had not been trapped long.  One fox I found in a trap I had to kill with my bare hands, had no weapon with me... he had almost chewed through his leg.  I petted him for a while and then choked him to death.  Not a pretty thing to do.  I took the traps in to the Game Warden and requested the name of the owner, but of course, they were unregistered. 
I fully understand the need for control of species and am sypathetic with ranchers and farmers whose livestock is killed...it can be a devastating cost.  But... no animal deserves to die in a trap.  If you ever look in their eyes, you won't think so either. 
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Originally posted by Kickboxer Kickboxer wrote:

Originally posted by cheaptrick cheaptrick wrote:

Originally posted by cyborg cyborg wrote:

Oh yeah they are very large..... Eek I'd hate to run into one of those in the dark.

 
How bout letting one loose from a leg hold trap ALIVE, like what was suggested in the email?!?!?!  Shocked
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I've actually released a wolf and a fox from leg traps.  They were quite docile and departed without incident.  Wounded, but appreciative, actually, or maybe more understanding that I was not going to inflict more pain.  They were damaged, but not too severely, had not been trapped long.  One fox I found in a trap I had to kill with my bare hands, had no weapon with me... he had almost chewed through his leg.  I petted him for a while and then choked him to death.  Not a pretty thing to do.  I took the traps in to the Game Warden and requested the name of the owner, but of course, they were unregistered. 
I fully understand the need for control of species and am sypathetic with ranchers and farmers whose livestock is killed...it can be a devastating cost.  But... no animal deserves to die in a trap.  If you ever look in their eyes, you won't think so either. 
 
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 Here in WV your traps must have a metal tag attached w/your name and address. Traps must be checked just before daylight to avoid just what Kickboxer described. Sadly some guys who call them trappers get lazy. I use to enjoy it until the bottom dropped out on prices(got so bad you couldn't sell some hides). Still have my gear and may try it again as prices are climbing. It's not something for everyone but needs done.
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I've never been up close and personal with a wild wolf, but I'm not sure those pics are legit.  They just look too big compared to those guys and sleds.   Anybody feel this way or am I off my rocker?
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The pictures look a bit odd, but then the angle from which the photograph is taken would make these wolves appear huge.  Still, I saw some arctic wolves some years back that looked thoroughly monstrous to me.

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They are that big.  The angle makes them look funny, but some get that big.  I have only seen a few in the wild, but every one has looked huge.  Especially the alpha males.
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Some quick internet research indicates that in colder parts of the world wolves getting up to 140lbs are not uncommon.  If there is a lot of food around I would nto be surprised if there were some heavier ones too.

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They are feeding darn good around here.  The elk and deer populations are down because of them, and more and more ranchers are complaining of the wolves killing livestock.  I wouldn't be surprised if some of them up here are close to 140 lbs.  Even our mountain lions get that big or bigger.
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First two wolves of the first five wolves (shot legally)  near Pinedale and Big Piney, Wyoming after the season for wolves was opened up.  I would venture to say they are 'just a little bit bigger' than the local coyotes!  These were caught, with two others, in a calving pen, killing livestock.....not eating the livestock, just killing it.  I'm thinkin' my 340 Weatherby isn't too much gun for one of these critters..... fortunately the wolves I saw on Wanda's place weren't near this size...... they were 3x the size of our coyotes, though.....these guys have been eating really well!  Acutally, eating TOO WELL!  It's no wonder the elk and moose calves only have a 20% chance of making it to 6 months old in the Yellowstone area with these big boys around!  Amazingly, the Colorado Division of Wildlife has requested anyone catching a wolf or wolverine in a leg hold trap to "please try to release it alive"....... that could be a pretty good trick!  I was expecting much smaller wolves to be in the 'not safe for wolves zone' ...... wonder how big the wolves are that ran these two out of the 'safe zone'?



holy christmas thats just west of Big Piney where i grew up, im pretty sure ive been exacting where that picture was taken, and yes the wolves there are huge, they sit around the edges of the winter feed grounds where all the elk spend the winter, my dad told me last spring after the snow melted the game and fish talleyed up over 300 elk that were killed by wolves on that one feed ground, and they have a a few of them in the area. i wish they would do something, they are wiping the elk out.
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