According to Monday's Anchorage Daily News, a starved wolf boldly attacked and killed a woman's dog before her very eyes in Haines, Alaska.
On March 5, 24-year-old Hannah Bochart set out for a snowshoe walk with four dogs to the Klehini River.
Bochart spotted the lone wolf part-way through her excursion and decided to turn back; her initial thought was to protect the wolf from her dogs.
The wolf, described as "desperate," decided to follow Bochart and her dogs on their walk back and it was a bark from one of the dogs which alerted the woman to the fact that she and the dogs were being pursued.
Bochart described the wolf, who had approached to mere yards away:
"As soon as we saw her, she laid down. She looked weak and wobbly and was panting a lot. I was thinking it was a wolf that was really hungry, or old, or had just had pups."
Soon thereafter, the wolf began to attack the four dogs - Bochart noted that the wolf worked silently, without snarls or growls.
Initially, the dogs were able to hold their own and Bochart, utilizing a ski pole, kept the starved wolf at bay. She described the wolf's desperation:
"She looked really scared and desperate. She kept looking at me, but she never made a move for me, even when I was away from the dogs. This wasn't a human killer or a rabid animal. It was obvious she was very scared."
Things turned deadly when the wolf managed to pin down a mixed breed dog named "Little Bear."
Bochart's 16-year-old dog, "Mason," flew to Little Bear's defense:
Mason exploded and attacked her. That was the first real dogfight. ... The wolf got him by the throat and killed him in an instant. It was done in a second. Without ever looking at us, she began eating his body, with us standing right there,"
The hungry wolf began to eat the deceased dog before Bochart's very eyes.
Fortunately, Bochart and the other dogs were able to safely return home. The next day, all that was left of Mason was a devoured carcass.
Bochart calls what happened a "one-in-a-million occurrence" and she does not want to start carrying a gun on her outings because she does not want to have to kill a wolf - choosing instead, to have it lead out its natural life.
Area wildlife experts surmise that the wolf was so hungry that its natural fear of people and dogs was abandoned.
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