Family in tent attacked by wolf in Banff campground....

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  1. x39

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    Wow, glad he was able save his family, and that another camper stepped up to help.
     
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    Wow. So glad it turned out OK. I couldn't figure out why they were going with rabies shots - were they not able to capture/find the wolf? Usually they test the animal and if it has rabies they'll administer the shots - but maybe medical protocol has changed.

    Now all the wolf-haters are going to say "see! see! We have to exterminate wolves!" Never mind that a good number of them are bear hunters (an bears never attack people :confused: ).
     
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    You never know what might happen to you in the woods, good or bad.
     
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    I would be willing to place a heavy wager that I know the wolf that did this. I've had a couple of encounters with it a few years ago in the same area. It was habituated to the point of coming straight up to people with no fear looking for food, and was very clearly starting to look sick. Sad story, glad the family got away relatively unharmed. Unfortunately the area is so over saturated with tourism and the animals are often fed human food, that this occurrence is far from surprising.

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    My understanding from my wife having to get rabies shots as a child from a feral cat bite, is that you have to get rabies shots as soon as possible. Checking an animal for rabies requires a lobotomy, so sometimes takes a few days.
     
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    Yikes!!!!
     
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    This.
     
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    Sounds right.

    The most dangerous wild animal is a habituated and fed wild animal. Likely made him sick AND dangerous.
     
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    I think it's pretty neat that you may have actually known this wolf. I'd love to see a wild wolf in an environment like where you live.
    Glad it turned out alright for the folks camping. Gonna have one heck of a story someday to tell...whew....
     
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    You ain't lying!
    "This one time, at Banff camp, this wolf attacks me..."

    Sorry, I have a twisted sense of humor at times...I'll get my hat...
     
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    Bit of over generalization and ad hominem attack there. Too much drama for a serious subject.
     
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    Bear hunters gripe about wolves because their hounds are always being killed by wolves while they are chasing bear.
     
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    This is part of the price you pay for spending time in (or near) wild places. Glad that guy had some instincts left even if he "immediately regretted" kicking that wolf to protect the dude that got bit.
     
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    Very glad no one was mortally wounded. This could have turned out far more drastically then it did.

    It seems like I read more and more about animal attacks on humans in recent years. I find it somewhat alarming when people take the stance of this "rarely" happens when they are readings stats from 30 years ago. These animals are wild by nature and should be left to stay that way. Feeding them is just dumb in my book.
     
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    I've camped there but in a truck camper. Nice campsite by the river. One of my favorites of our trip since it was small and not crowded.

    We camped south of banff at another park where they had just put down a wolf that was getting too friendly.

    I'm glad the wolf did not grab one of his kids.
     
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    This is a really good indicator of what an anomaly this incident is.
     
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    The most feared furry critter that has maimed and or caused fatalities is the Moose,,, more hunters and hikers have been charged by these beasts then all the others combined,,, Kow Moose do not take kindly to humans...

    If they charge they would most likely take you down since they are boolit proof in the trees and buck brush,,, darn near like a run away D4 push-cat / dozer coming at you...

    Very very fast and their hooves front and back are dangerous weapons,,, what they lack in sharp teeth they make up for in mass and legs that """could""" pound most humans into the ground...

    Cats and Wolves are cautious around the healthy Moose,,, they will only encounter 1 of them once in their life time,,, then they learn to only go after the weak and ill Moose after that...

    Of course I heard this from a few of the old timers...

    The trick is to be aware of your surroundings at all times,,, 24/7/365...

    Cheers from the North
     
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    Does anyone know if they got the DNA report back yet?
     
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    In the spring, a cow with a calf. Late summer and autumn, a bull in the rut. All worthy of respect.
     
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    Or, sitting at a bar when someone makes a comment "I've taken on a wolf bare handed. You aren't that tough".

    Good to hear they were relatively unscathed. It is interesting how lately there was a bear, and now this wolf, that went through the tent wall to get someone. When I'm in bear country I always make sure I'm not sleeping right against the tent wall. Or anyone else that I'm camping with is. Also why the .357 is within easy reach. Still rare enough that I'm not going to stop camping. Does make you wonder about sleeping under a tarp in those locations.
     
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    And being in a hammock would be offering yourself like a corn dog, wouldn't it?
     
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    That’s why I bring a 12Ga camping
     
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    NO! THIS CAN'T BE. I thought that wolves are just furry, endangered, lovable, forest CITIZENS(?) an that there has NEVER(!) been an wolf attack on humans in the history of man.:confused:
     
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    The Mossberg Shockwave makes good sense in this scenario. As does the .357.
     
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    "The campsite was closed over the weekend while park officials tracked down and killed the wolf, NJ.com reported. It was unclear why the wolf attacked the family, and such encounters are said to be rare. Lesley Matheson, a spokeswoman for Parks Canada, said the wolf was about 20 pounds below the average weight."


    Gee, I wonder what it could be. :rolleyes:
     
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    Being Canada I'd at least have a knife handy at all times.
     
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    Estimated 20# underweight. Well geez, if people would just feed them they would become real friendly and some day turn into poodles. :cool::rolleyes:

    -John
     
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    https://www.seattletimes.com/nation-world/bear-drags-child-from-familys-tent/
     
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    That’s absolutely horrifying!
     
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    Contrast this family with the apparent abandonment of the little girl in Yellowstone when the Buffalo charged .
    The story could have been much more tragic if the wolf had gotten ahold of one of the kids .
     
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    Anyone who believes that wolves only kill old , sick, weak moose or elk are not believing reality. I have been charged by many moose. Most Alaskans , including in the city, get conditioned to always look out for moose.
    Wolves scare me more than bears. I carry a 45 on my chest and have rifle in hand. While hunting moose. I like to hunt until dark n walk to cabin with a headlamp. The thought of a couple of hundred pound plus wolves after me and I wouldn’t stand chance. A couple years ago we were blessed to be able to hear nature in action about a hundred yards from the front door of our cabin. The local wolves were taking a yearling moose, a 500 pound animal, down.
    I also feel that the allure of being able to be near and be a part of nature is what drives us , at least me , to be their in the first place.
     
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    I so would love to move in with you .
    Sounds of nature here are coyotes singing at night .
    I so miss live wolf song. canned music looses so much in translation.
     
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    Dinner running into your mouth, should they breed the wolves to be vegetarian?
     
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    I never implied that. The reason for my reply was to state why bear hunters gripe about wolves a lot. The person I relied to seemed to imply that it was hypocritical because bears were known to be toothy problems as well. I merely stated the reason why bear hunters hate wolves.

    Also the hounds aren't a food source for the that runs in their mouths as a snack of opportunity. They are killed by the wolves as a response against another canine that's invading their territory. They usually just rip up the hound and leave it there eviscerated and move on to other orders of the day.
     
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    @Primordial i wasn't being very serious, just too lazy to go find the smileys on my phone.

    We have a couple dozen wolves in the entire country and you wouldn't believe the amount of whining we have here.

    Edit: Here the dogs get eaten up. Easy snack for a small pack.
     
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