The anti's couldn't get it done judicially last Fall so now they're going after it legislatively.Politics v Science: Minn. wolf bill introduced
BTW, I almost posted this in the wolf hunt thread, and as I was reviewing it I noticed that I never posted the good news about Buddy... We got him back on November 29th, two weeks to the day after he went missing.
It's good that the wolves didn't get him, but it's an interesting story nonetheless.
Of course I had posted the pic of the wolf that had come threw the night before Buddy went missing, and based on history I had assumed the worse.
Well, my wife had a friend at work that suggested that she call the area shelters to see if maybe Buddy had wound up at one of them. Considering that the nearest shelter is about 35 miles away, I was less than enthusiastic when she mentioned it to me, so initially my wife didn't make any calls.
Well thankfully her friend at work was persistent, on the 28th of November her friend finally convinced her to make some calls.
The nearest shelters were in the Duluth area. None of them had a dog come in fitting Buddy's description but... One of the shelters gave her the # to the Virginia shelter which is about 45 miles to our North. Sure enough on the 15th of November, the day Buddy went missing, they had a dog come in matching Buddy's description. They said that he had been picked up by animal control in Eveleth, which is about 40 miles to our North.
After having them email me some pics, we were 90% sure that it was Buddy.
I drove to Virginia on the 29th, and sure enough there he was. So two weeks, and $150 later Buddy came home.
Just a couple of notes... We live about an 1/8 mile off of HWY 53. Quite often we get traffic off of the HWY as people stop to relieve themselves. Also, since we're the only permanent residence on our road we never chain our dogs, so we never saw fit to put a collar on Buddy.
We'll never know what really happened, but it's possible, being he had no collar that someone may have thought that Buddy was a drop off dog. Also, Buddy is a very friendly dog, CA has met him, and can testify to that, it's possible that someone just really liked him, and just took him. One final thought I had is that Buddy will jump into an open car door in a split second, it's possible that Buddy basically got himself abducted simply because he jumped into a car/truck on his own.
One last note, Buddy isn't out of the woods yet (pun intended) Most days I walk our road to see whats been crossing it. Today I found the tracks of 4 wolves that had crossed the road about 100yds West of our house. They had to have crossed late yesterday or sometime after it warmed up today. With the warmer weather parts of our road are getting soft, and the tracks were sunk deep into the road.