Now that we have lots of wolves in the west, and they are spreading faster and farther than anyone ever thought they would, I wondered if some of you would post your close encounters with them.
I have had three close ones.
Where I chase bulls in Idaho, they have been present for 7years. It is not uncommon to spot them at distance, but I have had them get real close to me. The first time was real weird. I spent the whole afternoon and evening trying to get a shot at a big herd bull. I had dogged the bunch about four miles above our spike camp. I got dark and I was wet and tired. It had been pouring rain all day. I started back toward our spike camp. I was at about 9,800 ft with it spitting snow. Our spike camp was at about 7,900 and I hoped it wouldn't be snowing there. I was about half way back, trudging down the canyon thinking about dinner when three wolves started howling about 150yds behind me. I thought that was kind of cool to hear them that close. About 400yds farther down they went off again, this time only 100yds out. I thought that was strange. A half mile down the canyon further, they howled again, this time only about sixty or seventy yards behind me.
I thought that was kind of weird and picked up the pace a little. Just before I got into spike camp, they went off again, still close. One of my hunting partners was in his tent and asked I had heard the wolves that howled so close to camp. I told him they had been following me for the last two miles.
Another time I was right in the middle of trying to call in a real nice bull,and had him screaming at me about 80yds out. Two wolves came running in about twenty-five yards from me, turned and chased the bull and his cows over the rim of the canyon.
Finally, one evening I was headed back to camp in about 18" of fresh snow and had taken a short cut off the ridge down through some thick stuff. I was just stumbling along, wishing it would stop snowing. Off to my right I caught a little movement in some dead fall just as four wolves jumped up out of the snow and took off. They were only about twenty yds. away when they jumped up.
again. That got my heart going.