For most people, all they know about wolves is what they see on TV. They learn that wolves are majestic, dominant predators with unmatched intelligence in their domain (which is true). Unfortunately they are also told that wolves are compassionate to one another, they kill only to survive, and they kill only weak and sick animals. They’re also told wolves never attack humans.
It churns my stomach every time I see one of these shows because I can see that it portrays wolves from a specific angle and doesn’t tell the whole story. By spending days on end in the bush, hunting and trapping, I’ve seen both sides of the wolf. So, here are a few hard truths that you won’t get from a nature show.
Well, in the last post where I was getting my wolf traps set in preparation for a pack that has been using my trail, I said I would keep you updated. I just didn’t realize things would happen this quickly.
As I rode my snowmachine up my trapline last week, I was very excited when I saw the narrow band of wolf tracks, a telltale sign of a pack walking single file. As I closed the next half-mile to where my traps were set, my stomach churned and mind raced.
By the time I actually got close to my traps, my heart was pounding but my excitement turned to sickness as I saw a wolf had stepped on the jaw of one of my blind sets, one inch from hitting the pan.
I’ve been trapping hard in Alaska for the last several years, focusing mostly on marten. I’ve done very well on marten each year, but not much else. This year, my goal is to take a wolf.
I’ve always had wolves come through occasionally, but this year the 40-mile caribou herd is a lot closer, and I have a pack of wolves running my trail every few weeks. They’ve marked my trail as part of their territory and second to finding a moose that they’ve killed, this is one of the best ways to catch them.