A-hunting we will go, a-hunting we will go…

Not really, I wouldn’t know where to start. But I’ll certainly pay more attention to the tracks while I’m out and about this morning. The thing that makes me lean away from coyotes or bobcats is D&L’s dog Butch. He’s kind of a wuss, but not so much as to be afraid of coyotes. Bobcats are also common, and shouldn’t particularly alarm him.

L disagrees, she thinks this might be an ubercoyote, the Earl Harbinger of coyotes. But I see no reason to assume so.

The other possibilities mentioned are certainly possible, with varying levels of likelihood. We get feral dogs here from time to time, until they starve or are shot. Mountain lions range all through here, but they’re rare and shy. I’ve actually laid eyes on exactly one in all the time I’ve been here, and that was a fleeting glimpse.

A wolf would be a real problem. Wolves were introduced about 30 miles north of here several years ago by the feds, who treat them like their own dear children. If one of them has worked its way this far south, the boys and I are safer living with it than with the feds who would devote themselves to wrecking the life of whoever killed it. It has happened: The stories are legend. But I kinda doubt it’s a wolf. The stories say they’re not multiplying well. The wolves they introduced aren’t the big, noble-looking gray wolves everybody wants to paint pictures of, but Mexican wolves. These little bastards…

Mexican_Wolf_2_yfb-edit_1…which, come to think of it, are basically ubercoyotes.

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9 Responses to A-hunting we will go, a-hunting we will go…

  1. MamaLiberty says:

    Indeed, that looks like a coyote. Look at this to see the monsters we have to deal with in this part of the country. http://proliberty.com/observer/20090623.htm

  2. Joel says:

    Holy cow, it’s Wolfzilla!

  3. Philip Paul says:

    I can totally see you with a wolf hide drying on the side of the lair.

    That would make an awesome picture.

  4. Ben says:

    Yeesh, that’s a big wolf! Although possibly not from Idaho…http://www.snopes.com/photos/animals/idwolves.asp

    What’s your bear situation like out there? A black bear would certainly stir up the boys without being nearly as stealthy as I’d expect from a big cat.

  5. Joel says:

    Bears are not completely unknown, but the last time one was reported here (and that time it was more than one) was years ago when they were driven north from the forest by a big fire.

  6. Buck. says:

    I’m loving how the Snopes response lauds the stat that only one person is known to have been killed in USA by a wolf in the last 50. Ummmmm yeah, that’s because 100 years ago, guys like my Grandfather were killing them on sight.
    Hence the need to “re-populate” the species in a lot of the lower 48.

  7. Chocs says:

    Happy New Year, ya ol’ hermit! I’m with Philip, I can totally see a wolf hide hanging up lol 😀 May this be a peaceful, healthy and wealthy year for you xxx.

  8. Tim says:

    Hey Joel,

    Check out this excellent site with photos/descriptors of wolf vs. big cat tracks.


    If it is a big cat – there have been many verified reports in AZ/NM of jaguars expanding their range up out of Mex.


    “New photographs show that a rare male jaguar apparently has been roaming in Southern Arizona mountains for at least nine months, indicating the animals are occasionally moving into their historic range from northern Mexico and into the American Southwest.

    The Arizona Daily Star reports that remote cameras have photographed the big cat in five locations in the Santa Rita Mountains’ eastern flank on seven occasions since October. Those photos were taken for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service by University of Arizona cameras after a hunter gave state authorities a photo of a jaguar’s tail that he took last September in the Santa Ritas.”

    Take care. Tim

  9. Expat says:

    Wolves eat their prey alive starting with the guts. Best way to deal with a protected wolf is to gut shoot it with something little like a 223. They’ll die a long way off.

To the stake with the heretic!