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northern wisconsin wolf attack
We hunt bear in northern Wisconsin and my family has hunted the area since the early 70's. Never had a problem with wolves through all those years until this summer... It was the second weekend of training season, just getting started, my father and I had a good bear run going, the dogs had crossed the road by me and continued south to the other side of the "block" where my dad was waiting. They came close to him and treed. Pretty good feeling at this point. Dad radio'ed to me that the dogs were close and treed, about 40 yards into a thick tag. swamp and he was headed into them. He radio'ed to me about a minute later and said he didn't know if the bear had backed out and started fighting again or what cause he heard one of the dogs squall. So he started running into the tree. I started driving toward him. He then called out with a real frantic voice, "GET IN HERE, THE DOGS ARE GETTING ATTACKED BY THE WOLVES!!!" The wolves had our three females surrounded and our big male was out of my dad's sight just squallin like death. Of course we never had to carry a gun during training season for bear, so my dad didn't have anything to scare the wolves off but a stick he grabbed and his voice. He saw three wolves for sure by our females but like I said, our 78+lbs male was out of his sight and bellering bad. Dad eventually got all the dogs rounded up and got the wolves to back off and got over by our big male. I was just arriving to where his truck was parked. Our three females were chewed up but not nearly as bad as our big male. We actually had to bring him into the vet and they put him in an induced coma for two days while they pumped him full of fluids and meds with I.V.'s. He was laid up for over a month. Tried to count all the holes in him and he had over 63 holes and tears. Needed to staple him back up in a couple places. Over $2,500 in vet bills just on him. Sad story, really really sucks to have to move away from the area that we have hunted for so long. It was only luck that there was a stub road that went in close to where they were treed... If I was able to post pictures of him on here I would. Hopefully no one else has to experience this!
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