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Wed., April 17, 2013, 10:33 a.m.

Wolf seen hunting near Wenatchee is a heads up to everyone

This photo provided by the Chelan County Sheriff’s Office shows a wolf that took down a deer in Number Two Canyon on the west side of Wenatchee on Tuesday. People living nearby reported seeing the wolf go after the deer about 6:15 a.m. A deputy had to put the deer down because it was too injured to survive on its own, Undersheriff John Wisemore said. (Associated Press)
This photo provided by the Chelan County Sheriff’s Office shows a wolf that took down a deer in Number Two Canyon on the west side of Wenatchee on Tuesday. People living nearby reported seeing the wolf go after the deer about 6:15 a.m. A deputy had to put the deer down because it was too injured to survive on its own, Undersheriff John Wisemore said. (Associated Press)

PREDATORS -- A wolf witnessed hunting a deer in a Wenatchee residential area Tuesday is a dose of reality a little too close to home for some people.

It's a reminder that urban deer need to be controlled, and that we need to have measures in place so we can control wolves.

We need to be aware of wolves -- all of us.  The landscape has changed.

Andy Walgamott of Northwest Sportsman magazine offers this reminder of the well reported developments in the past few years:

It’s a reminder that it’s not just ranchers who will need to adapt to living with the species, but mountain bikers, hikers, mushroom pickers and others who frequent the woods. They will also need to adjust their behavior and become more alert in the outdoors and better understand wolves’ proclivities to avoid the rare negative interactions.




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Rich Landers
Rich Landers joined The Spokesman-Review in 1977. He is the Outdoors editor for the Sports Department writing and photographing stories about hiking, hunting, fishing, boating, conservation, nature and wildlife and related topics.

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