*Update* October 12, 2011 – When I first published this article, I was not at liberty to reveal personal information about who the hunter was, etc. People need to understand that there is a certain amount of responsibility that goes with this job. I have in the past erred in including a name and location of some people that I shouldn’t have done.
Since the posting of this story, even though what some would describe as “the mainstream media” did not cover this event, at least one local newspaper did – The Clearwater Tribune in Orofino, Idaho. For the skeptics who are unwilling to believe that someone other than the “mainstream press” is capable of publishing truthful information, please follow this link and you’ll find a pdf copy of the Clearwater Tribune story and picture.
In addition, I have been criticized by some in my choice of words to describe the event. From my perspective, I did the best I could to place myself in the very same position as Ms. Anderson, i.e. archery equipment in tow. When a wolf is coming straight at me and I have barely enough time to remove my sidearm before shooting it at 8-10 feet, I don’t think it is inaccurate to describe that as an attack. Would it have been different if it were a mountain lion or a grizzly?
Some have been critical of my use of the words “full on” to describe the attack by the wolf. To clarify, to me “full on” is what I would use to describe a known vicious predator coming straight at me. The wolf didn’t wander back and forth assessing the situation. The varmint didn’t try to sneak in from behind. No, it came in a direct line, straight at her. That is why I described it as the wolf “attacked her full on”.
I hope this explanation helps to clear up some of the confusion that exists in a story that has gone semi-viral.
*Update* October 13, 2011 – Below is a video of Rene Anderson’s encounter with a wolf while hunting. This video comes from KXLY News.
According to the information I was given, the woman in the photo below was hunting elk with bow and arrows. The wolf appeared and attacked her full on. She dropped her bow, drew her sidearm and shot the wolf in the head 10 feet from her. A couple more rounds were required to finish killing the wolf.
Accompanying this photo and caption was an account of visiting hunters from out of state. Here’s what the email said:
“One of my Idaho Outfitter friends hunted a group of out-of-state elk archery hunters from the Great Lakes region last week and they called in a pack of 17 wolves by cow calling. None of the hunters had a sidearm or wolf tag and it was a very traumatic experience as the wolves surrounded the hunters! All hunters went home early very disturbed claiming these wolves are very different from the Great Lakes wolves as they claimed these Idaho wolves actually “Hunt” you and were not afraid!”
The account came with a plea to archery elk hunters to carry a sidearm for protection, where legal.