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Dangerous Wildlife Incident Reports


SPECIES
Wolf
 
DESCRIPTION OF INCIDENT
ON 12/12/12 I RECEIVED A PERSONAL EMAIL THAT INDICATED THE RP, HAD BEEN INVOLVED IN AN ENCOUNTER WITH 3 WOLVES SEVERAL DAYS EARLIER. I WAS ABLE TO LOCATE A CELL PHONE NUMBER FOR THE RP AND CALLED HIM AND LEFT HIM A MESSAGE TO GET IN TOUCH WITH ME. LATER THAT EVENING, I STILL HAD NOT HEARD FROM THE RP SO I CALLED AGAIN AND SPOKE TO HIM. THE RP DESCRIBED THE ENCOUNTER AS FOLLOWS: ON SUNDAY MORNING ON 12/09/12, AT ABOUT 0700 HOURS IN THE MORNING, HE LET HIS DOG OUT OF THEIR HOUSE A FEW MINUTES LATER HE HEARD A DISTURBANCE OUTSIDE SO WENT OUT TO LOOK AND SAW WHAT HE BELIEVED TO BE 3 LARGE COYOTES ATTACKING HIS DOG. HE RETRIEVED A GUN FROM HIS HOUSE AND FIRED A SHOT TO SCARE THE ANIMALS. THE ANIMALS RAN OFF AND HIS DOG RETURNED TO HIM. HE COULD SEE IT WAS BLEEDING HEAVILY. THE RP SAID AFTER THINKING ABOUT IT AND SPEAKING TO FRIENDS, HE DECIDED THAT PERHAPS THE ANIMALS HAD BEEN WOLVES RATHER THAN COYOTES. THE RP DESCRIBED THE ANIMALS AS THE SIZE OF LABRADOR RETRIEVERS, PERHAPS 80 POUNDS. THE RP SAID HIS DOG WEIGHS 40 POUNDS AND THESE ANIMALS WERE ABOUT TWICE AS BIG AS HIS DOG. I ASKED THE COLOR AND THE RP SAID THEY WERE ALL BLACK, AND MAY HAVE HAD SOME GRAY MIXED IN AS WELL. THE RP SAID THEY WERE TALL AND LONG-LEGGED. THE RP WAS VERY COOPERATIVE THROUGHOUT THE INTERVIEW BUT SAID THAT SINCE THE "ATTACK" HAD OCCURRED SEVERAL DAYS EARLIER THERE WAS REALLY NOTHING TO LOOK AT THE SCENE. THE RP EXPLAINED HAD NOT REPORTED THE INCIDENT AFTER IT OCCURRED BUT SIMPLY MENTIONED IT TO SOME FRIENDS AND THAT IS HOW I ULTIMATELY LEARNED OF THE INCIDENT.
 
REPORT INFORMATION
Date/Time of Incident: December 9, 2012
Date of Report: December 12, 2012
Location: 300 BLOCK OF WOLF FORK RD
City: Dayton
County: Columbia
Game Management Unit: 162