Wash. residents warned of 'bloodthirsty' dog pack
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June 10th, 2011 02:23 AM
Wash. residents warned of 'bloodthirsty' dog pack
Wash. residents warned of 'bloodthirsty' dog pack :: WRAL.com
SPOKANE, Wash. — A "bloodthirsty" pack of dogs has killed about 100 animals in the past few months while eluding law enforcement and volunteers in northeastern Washington state, residents and authorities said.
The killings started in late March and have occurred in a wide area of mountains and valleys west of Deer Park, a small town about 40 miles north of Spokane.
"Trying to figure out where they are going to hit is next to impossible," Stevens County Undersheriff Lavonne Webb said Thursday. "Nobody is claiming ownership of any animals involved in the pack."
Most recently, the dogs killed a 350-pound llama Tuesday night. They've also killed goats and other farm animals.
So far, no humans have been attacked. But authorities are warning residents to take whatever steps are necessary to protect their families and animals because the dogs appear to be killing for fun rather than food.
This is an unusual scenario in how do you protect your family, pets and livestock from such a pack. Myself I think I would carry both a shotgun and rifle anytime I go out to feed or check on livestock. Sadly this pack probably consists of dogs that were pets the owners no longer wanted and rather than turning them over to the Humane Socity they just took them out to the country dumped them off.
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June 10th, 2011 02:42 AM
Shot gun. Electric fence. Leg traps. Livestock dogs. Donkey or three. Farmers are usually pretty good at protecting their livestock. I almost find it hard to believe that they've been running around since March without someone shooting at least SOME of the dogs.
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June 10th, 2011 11:49 AM
Even domesticated dogs which are abandoned can revert to feral instincts and behaviors. Raising sheep as a kid we we highly aware of roaming dog packs in our area, but as long as we had a dog of our own there was never trouble. Another farmer I knew back in CT who had maybe a dozen sheep knew from sad experience that a "lead headache" was the only cure for dogs or coyotes molesting his animals.
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June 10th, 2011 11:55 AM
LOL the donkeys are a really great solution. Back in the day we had horses and we picked up a little Jenny (female donkey). We kept her in the same pasture as the horses. One day a couple of stray dogs wandered into the pasture. The donkey made a charge at the dogs with her head down. She was biting and kicking at the dogs. It was amazing to see the donkey run full tilt forward and still manage to kick the dogs with her front feet. We never saw the dogs again after that.
Lesson learned, don't messy with donkeys!
June 10th, 2011 04:21 PM
Vampire Dogs! Maybe they need to get some of the new garlic bullets that are currently only issued to ninjas, or I guess the wooden bullets would work if they can hit the heart.
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June 10th, 2011 04:37 PM
Anybody in WA need to borrow a "small" watch/guard dog?
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June 10th, 2011 05:27 PM
Nothing a little lead can't fix.
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June 10th, 2011 05:48 PM
...now can we have our 'high caps' back Ms. Politician last seen in her bullet proof car with a state trooper escort.
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June 10th, 2011 06:51 PM
Nah..This is the work of the Chupacabra.
Originally Posted by joker1
June 11th, 2011 12:28 AM
NOT normally, pets still have an instinct friendly to humans. In a county where our farm is, many years ago there were problems with wild dog packs that would kill anything. It was due to people dumping "puppies" , and thru several generations and time they believe there was some cross breeding with coyotes, they developed wild dogs that were NOT friendly to anything, including humans. Problem was, they also had no fear of humans and would go after you in second.
Originally Posted by msgt/ret
So, they put a "open season" out ... shoot any dog you see, period. Warned everyone they better keep their pet dog tied up at home... which out there was unusual, as everyone knew everyone else's dogs, etc. and they wandered all over without issues.
It took about 3 yrs, but it sure thinned out the wild dogs. I ran into two packs twice, once while riding and training a skiddish horse. Believe me, you really don't want to run into them. They instantly began circling us and were vicious suckers. I finally convinced the horse to run for it. They instantly went for us. I would rather meet up with about anything than wild dogs.
I don't want to be close enough for a handgun (they are way too fast & have numbers), and would much rather have a rifle and have the handgun with me only in case they get in that close (and lots of ammo). In today's world, I would want AR with extra mags. The one's I saw, were extremely quick, very organized in the way they immediately encircle and go on the attack as a group.
The problem with wild dogs.... it's a PACK, you aren't dealing with 'one' , you are instantly dealing with 5-8 of them. And, I would get 2-3 donkies, they don't like coyotes, dogs, etc and will win in a good fight.
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June 11th, 2011 01:54 AM
We had a pack of "wild" dogs roaming the country side a few years ago, but once they started pulling down calves and young horses they didnt last long. Several of us got in a few trucks and brought our rifles. Several AR's, a mini 14 and a Remington 7400 in '06 did the trick. Two trucks came up upon them and everyone unloaded on the whole pack. None of them survived. It was over about as quickly as it started.
That was the end of that.
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June 11th, 2011 07:34 AM
Okay, now that's creepy...
authorities are warning residents to take whatever steps are necessary to protect their families and animals because the dogs appear to be killing for fun rather than food.
June 11th, 2011 08:28 AM
This is the kind of reason that we keep our old brood mare around. She's taken on two determined mountain lions and stomped both of them into the dirt, receiving only minor injuries. You can't beat a horse (or donkey) who's fight or flight instinct doesn't involve any flight.
June 11th, 2011 11:26 AM
Well, one person managed to take a picture of the dogs - wonder why they didn't shoot with a weapon rather than a camera.
Bloodthirsty pack of dogs take out 350-lb. llama - Yahoo! News
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June 11th, 2011 11:57 AM
Wow, that one looks to have a lot of coyote in it.
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