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Wolf Warning

Our View / Anchorage Daily News / August 18, 2009


It wasn't the usual light pole sign advertising a garage sale or a lost pet.

This one warned of a wolf, sighted at the gate just past the Powder Ridge subdivision in Eagle River. The sign said the wolf was in front of the gate, which was no surprise, given that the gate isn't a serious barrier to man or beast. But that detail suggested that the wolf had crossed a line.

The sign cautioned people to look out for their children and pets.

We'd just come up from the beaver pond off Terrace Lane near the Glenn Highway. No wolves there, at least that we could see. No beavers either. A moose browsed about 100 yards away up the power line and a couple of boys fired off some bottle rockets before apparently getting discouraged by the number of fizzles.

As my boys and I walked the dog back home she stopped and looked alert. I told the kids maybe she read the sign.

I've seen foxes and coyotes in the neighborhood, but never a wolf. I looked at the gate and imagined a wolf standing there. That would definitely put a charge in the old neighborhood, lend an extra edge to walking the dog.

Already, the sign has added a touch of "maybe" to the old question -- what's that dog down the street barking at?

-- Frank Gerjevic

 

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