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Alaska State Troopers said yesterday that a woman found dead in Chignik Lake early this week was most likely killed in a wolf attack, and state authorities are on their way there to try to capture or kill the animals.

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Rerun

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Mar 12, 2010
 
I recall reading a similar story from Maine or Canada last year.
Young female in a park attacked by wolves and killed...

A bear attack in East Tennessee Smokie's Nat. Park a couple years before same thing... Clingman's Dome has bears all over it and that's just a matter of time when you see how that's headed.
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The blame falls on this woman. Running in remote areas where top predators might be around is stupid. Big predators are stimulated by flight. A person on a run triggers and instinct to attack. This idiot woman did herself and the people of this area a grave disservice by running in the woods. Now a pack of wolves will have to pay for her stupidity.
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Wolves gotta eat, too.
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While this may be a tragic death it in no way warrants the destruction of the wolves. I am no animal rights activist or tree hugger, I am a hunter, sportsman, conservative minded American. I just feel that if we encroach on the animals turf, wether on an outing or building in their backyard, then we need to be vigilant and aware of the risks involved. If we are then attacked, maimed, or killed while there, that is a result of the risk we took. No need to kill an animal for what it does naturally. Same goes for the killing of alligators in Florida. Stop building in the wetlands and maybe your dog or child won't be eaten by an alligator.
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"Holloway said troopers and Fish and Game biologists were on their way to Chignik Lake yesterday planning to capture or kill the responsible wolves." Now just how are they going to accomplish this.....DNA evidence? Will they get their day in court? Come on, this woman is responsible for entering their habitat. It's sad that she lost her life, but there are safer areas to run in.
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Dave wrote:
While this may be a tragic death it in no way warrants the destruction of the wolves. I am no animal rights activist or tree hugger, I am a hunter, sportsman, conservative minded American. I just feel that if we encroach on the animals turf, wether on an outing or building in their backyard, then we need to be vigilant and aware of the risks involved. If we are then attacked, maimed, or killed while there, that is a result of the risk we took. No need to kill an animal for what it does naturally. Same goes for the killing of alligators in Florida. Stop building in the wetlands and maybe your dog or child won't be eaten by an alligator.
Good post. Great to see a conservative has a similar opinion on this. I spend a lot of time in the woods and I accept certain risks. I also manage those risks. If I see evidence of bear activity I make a point to avoid contact with the bear.

I don't get in wolf country often, but I have been in big cat country and there are always coyotes. I'm probably not going to get savaged by coyotes, but I take steps to make sure I don't have to put that theory to the test.

Wolf attacks are exceedingly rare (so much so I wonder if a pack of wild dogs did this and the wolves are taking the blame), but bear attacks and mountain lion attacks have been a little more frequent. It seems as though these attacks often involve somebody running through the woods.

The other thing that irks me is that she was alone. That's a big mistake in Alaska. You should never venture into a remote area alone.
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Ick what a way to go.
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This wouldn't have happened if Sarah Palin had been around.
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Common Sense wrote:
"Holloway said troopers and Fish and Game biologists were on their way to Chignik Lake yesterday planning to capture or kill the responsible wolves." Now just how are they going to accomplish this.....DNA evidence? Will they get their day in court? Come on, this woman is responsible for entering their habitat. It's sad that she lost her life, but there are safer areas to run in.
They are actually doing the next episode of Law and Order about this incident. The three wolves are investigated and it looks as if there isn't enough evidence to convect them until Wolf #2 cracks and ends up ratting out his friends. Now there is a hit on Wolf 2 who has to relocate to Maine where he now goes by the name Thurmond.
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dude wrote:
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They are actually doing the next episode of Law and Order about this incident. The three wolves are investigated and it looks as if there isn't enough evidence to convect them until Wolf #2 cracks and ends up ratting out his friends. Now there is a hit on Wolf 2 who has to relocate to Maine where he now goes by the name Thurmond.
Maybe they should bring in the Criminal Minds team and the Mentalist to get to the bottom of this too.
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Never been but have been told by friends who have that you do not go out into the Alaska countryside without at least a .357.
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I agree with the other posts that put the fault on the woman. In case you haven't googled this location, Chignik Lake is in a remote corner of Alaska that is very sparsely populated. The village has a population of about 100 and there are no roads that connect this town with the outside world. This town isn't even on the ocean.

When officials say the wolves were close to town, they used the term liberally. This "town" is smack in the middle of some of the most rugged country in the world. The lake is situated on the Aleutian Peninsula and the entire borough the village sits in featires a population of around 1500.

The point being, this is the sort of place you move to knowing that you might be eaten. It's tough country full of bears, wolves and crazy people.
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So disappointed the second sentence didn't read "Former Alaska Governor..."
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As long as human beings keep encroaching on places that have always been the animals' habitats, the animals will follow their natural instinct and will attack. It seems that human beings will never learn. Regarding some of the comments made above by some people who thought they were being funny, I would rather meet a wild animal on the path than one of them.
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Holder will have these wolves arrested, read their Miranda rights, give them a court-appointed lawyer and try them in New York City. They will probably get life in Gitmo.
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all wolfs need shot on sight,there killing off are elk and moose,and now people in idaho they were transplanted and arent even a native species,glad we get to hunt them now
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Rob wrote:
all wolfs need shot on sight,there killing off are elk and moose,and now people in idaho they were transplanted and arent even a native species,glad we get to hunt them now
????? Can someone please translate this for me ??

Thank you
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I agree with those who think this was a poor choice of activity. I have been to Alaska, and wouldn't go more than 100 feet off one of the main highways in the bush without some serious firepower. It's a whole different world than most of us are familiar with.
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Big Johnson wrote:
This wouldn't have happened if Sarah Palin had been around.
I was hoping this was Sarah Palin.....
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This could be called Running with wolves.

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