WILDLIFE — Karen Calisterio, 52, the North Idaho woman involved in a wolf encounter near her Tensed home and featured in my column today has posted on the Facebook page of Idaho For Wildlife, a group that’s been critical of wolf management in Idaho.
This should have been included in the printed version of the column.
However, Calisterio says she’s not a member of the group, which also is involved in hunter education and wildlife conservation projects.
Some readers are rightfully skeptical. Some are charging that the incident was fabricated to fuel anti-wolf hysteria. That’s only a hunch on their part.
Still others are saying this,and Pam Secord’s similar barnyard wolf encounter, indicate that wolves are becoming more comfortable roaming into inhabited areas. There’s some substance to that, based on other sightings.
Wolf experts I have interviewed from Alaska to Yellowstone Park to Italy all have agreed that limited wolf hunting should be in the recipe for the species survival. Wolves are visual learners. To advance toward a human and size up the situation is normal wolf behavior, according to the experts. But once wolves have learned that a human might be dangerous, they are more likely to flee and avoid human contact.