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Off the Beaten Path: Living in Wolf Country

posted Mar 27, 2014, 1:07 PM by chloe owens

3/21/14, by Bjorn Dihle, Juneau Empire

Off the Beaten Path: Living in wolf country

…One of the many reasons I love living in Juneau is because all I have to do is go outside and I’m in wolf country…Many of us have encountered tracks, kills, and if we’re lucky, wolves in the woods and mountains surrounding town…While healthy wolves almost always avoid people, sometimes if they’re sick, old, starving or if there’s a lot of deer near a residential area, they may come to the edge of town.  Out of desperation or irritation, they’ll occasionally turn to attacking dogs…A while back I had a conversation with an older man, a lifelong hunter and fisherman, who offered one fo the best opinions on wolves I’ve heard.  “Wolves are perfect,” he said with a twinkle in his eyes, “at being wolves.”  I can’t imagine living anywhere without wolves.  A hike would be a lot less interesting.  The woods would feel empty.  The mountains would seem lonesome.