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Idaho bowhunter kills wolf at close range

Discussion in 'Northwest Hunting' started by Dave Workman, Oct 7, 2011.

  1. Dave Workman

    Dave Workman Western Washington Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Self defense???


    Shots fired in wolf war by Idaho archer

    Environmentalist arguments that wolves do not pose a threat to humans took another hit when bowhunter Rene Anderson took what she is convinced was a defensive action and fatally shot a wolf that had moved aggressively to within ten feet of her on a remote ridge near Headquarters, Idaho.

    Shots fired in wolf war by Idaho archer - Seattle gun rights | Examiner.com
     
  2. joken

    joken Corvallis Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Good for her. I hope she doesn't face any charges.
     
  3. Burt Gummer

    Burt Gummer Portland Completely Out of Ammo

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    No kidding. I am a big animal lover but if the Wolf perched itself up on a log 10' away it seems it meant to have her as a snack. Unfortunate, but justified imo.
     
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  4. orygun

    orygun West Linn Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    ??? She was in possession of a wolf tag.
     
  5. archer

    archer idaho New Member

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    Would it matter if she has a wolf tag? If a wolf charges you would you not shoot just because you don't have a wolf tag?
     
  6. Dieselfuel12v

    Dieselfuel12v Bellingham Member

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    Alot of girls are scared of a golden retriever they don't know approaching them. This doesn't sound right to me. Have your gun ready until it's out of sight, but until it charges, not "walk aggressively to 10 feet away", move away normally while making noise... It sounds like she freaked out, got scared, and overreacted.
     
  7. sandman1212

    sandman1212 NW Oregon Active Member

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    well if that is a gurls reaction, then many that I know would have reacted like a girl and killed the animal, myself included. Animals will usually leave the moment that they see or smell you including Bears and Cougars. Why risk a dangerous confrontation with a wild animal at that kind of proximity and risk your life?
     
  8. Dieselfuel12v

    Dieselfuel12v Bellingham Member

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    I'm just saying, if you have a gun in hand like she did, and your focus is on the animal now (it's not a surprise "attack" anymore) then you should have the wits to make distance and leave. Shoot near it even, a bear won't be sticking around after a gunshot, if it does.....then you might have a problem.
     
  9. gearchecker

    gearchecker Kootenai County, Idaho Member

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    Wolves, shoot em' all.
    The breed of wolves here are not native to this region, and are extreme predators.. The sooner they're irradicated the better. They're decimating the Elk and Deer populations, and all these wolves need to be destroyed.

    Sometime I'll tell you how I really feel about them.

    Gearchecker
     
  10. Blitzkrieg

    Blitzkrieg WA Well-Known Member

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    NO hesitation. I would have shot it too
     
  11. sandman1212

    sandman1212 NW Oregon Active Member

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    my point is that if an animal such as this is 10 feet away, it is already too close for you to react should it decide to attack. A human can move 21 feet in 1.5 seconds and a Wolf is 10 times faster and only has half that distance to travel. The wolf is within killing distance, close enough to be a threat, close enough to die!
     
  12. Greenbug

    Greenbug Bend Well-Known Member

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    I would have shot it also. In her story she indicated that it had already seen her and most likely had already smelled her, but approached closer anyway. 10 feet is way to close for my comfort, I actually would have been shooting the moment I saw it move towards me. I don't buy the "fire a warning shot" theory, yeah it might run away, but it might just use the time during your warning shot to close the distance and be on you. If you are going to fire warning shots, you shouldn't be allowed to carry a gun for "protection" you should be given firecrackers or some novelty noise maker instead since you don't need to kill anything to defend yourself.

    Good for her!
     
  13. orygun

    orygun West Linn Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    When you have the time, I'd be interested in hearing. :thumbup:

    I'd love to see one, but I'm not too excited about having them in our state.
     
  14. orygun

    orygun West Linn Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Here's a pic of the lady and her wolf. That's one big dog!
    wolfkill.jpg
     
  15. salmonriverjohn

    salmonriverjohn N.W Oregon coast, Gods country Well-Known Member

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    The wolf is an apex predator, to run at it in an attempt scare it away would be taking your life into your own hands, foolishly. To fire at and kill a predator of this caliber that knowingly came anywhere near that close to you is self defence, plain and simple. I for one like being on top of the food chain in my world and will use any means available to stay upright and breathing. I wouldn't let a coyote get that close to me, let alone a wolf, bear or cougar. Well done young lady!
     
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  16. Gunner3456

    Gunner3456 Salem Well-Known Member

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    10 feet? A wolf can leap farther than that. I'd have killed it without another thought.
     
  17. Blitzkrieg

    Blitzkrieg WA Well-Known Member

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    They can get up to 200 lbs and I have seen a pet wolf that big at petsmart
     
  18. Gunner3456

    Gunner3456 Salem Well-Known Member

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    Our paper keeps reporting on the progress of a wolf which has a radio collar. It has made it all the way from NE Oregon to the Cascades in Douglas (Roseburg) County and Klamath County, wandering back and forth on the W. side of the Cascades. If it keeps moving, we're next.

    They said that many of the wolves don't have collars, and there are probably more with him. I hate this. They don't belong here and they will decimate elk and deer herds, ranch animals, and domestic dogs and maybe even people.

    I wouldn't be at all surprised if that wolf pictured above was stalking that woman. As Salmonriverjohn said, they are apex predators.
     
  19. Gunner3456

    Gunner3456 Salem Well-Known Member

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    OK, this morning's Medford Mail Tribune says that the wolf is near Butte Falls, OR which is about 40 miles E. of Medford. They won't say any more or exactly where it is, but rumors around here are that people who have seen it say it is a pack. Only one has a collar, so it could be wolves born in E. Oregon.

    Wolf Crosses into Jackson County
     
  20. mjbskwim

    mjbskwim Salmon,Idaho Well-Known Member

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    This is so cute.
    I just talked to some folks from Neah Bay that have seen wolves up there.(google NW corner of US)

    The wolves have been around for some time
    The have been INTRODUCING (not RE introducing them) in to WA and OR for some time.

    The wolves in Neah Bay had supposedly died off
    Not so much

    So I hear a GUT SHOT,through and through will kill an animal like this,no?