My husband works in this area, and sent me this article. I thought it was a super story of bravery and courage, on the part of this dog.
With their protruding rib cages and shrunken bodies, there was no question the wolves were hungry. In the dusky northern light 3 days before Chrismas, two Fort Nelson families came dangerously close to two hungry wolves, until the family dog, Shadow, narrowly averted the disaster. The wolves appeared quietly at about 3.3.pm , Dec22nd, as darkness was creeping in on the winter wonderland 50 miles east of Fort Nelson, where the families were tobogganing. About 90 feet away, a sleighful of 3 children ages 4 and 3- were being happily towed along the bas of a hill by an al-terrain vehicle. Father Kyle Keays was oblivious to the danger until he suddenly heard his wife's shriek from the top of the hill. Shadow, their Rottweiler-cross had broken away from the grasp of Keay's wife and was bounding down the hill toward the wolves, who were moving in towards the children. "i looked back and saw my dog intercept the lead wolf- there were 2 of them. They were headed twards the kids, and the dog came in" said Keays who was riding on a seperate ATV. Being too far from the children Keays headed to the nearby work camp to grab a rifle. Meanwhile, friend Rod Barrie who had been towing the children in their sleigh, slowly and calmly made his way to a nearby truck, where his wife was waiting. "The first wolf hit Shadow in the side and grabbed his shoulder. Shadow spun around and grabbed that wolf by the face" said Keays. "I was thinking 'Good dog, you get steak dinners for the rest of the month if you make it through this" By now, Barrie had reached his truck with the wolves just 18 feet away. The couple quickly pulled the children inside while Barrie armed himself with a shovel and began swatting at the wolves, who were unphased. The wolves glared, Shadow growled. No one was budging. Barrie decided to jump on his ATV and drive the wolves back into the woods. The strategy worked, with the wolves lurking some 60 feet away. Once at camp, Keays, a gas plant operator had the on site paramedic examine Shadow for injuries, but all he had was a few bumps and bruises. A visit to Fort Nelson to a vet confirmed that he had no injuries, but was given a rabies shot.(later) The wolves, however, were'nt done. Not long after reaching camp Keays heard something moving in the bush. The wolf with the black and silver coat had followed them.Due to the unusual cicumstances, Keays tracked the wolf, and shot her. The next morning, half her carcass was eaten, apparently by the other wolf, according to a local conservation officer. Both men said this wolf encounter was very peculiar. Having been in the area for years, they had never known a wolf to eat another's carcass and neither are they known for stalking humans. Keays said " You never see them, I work out on the bush all the time and normally your first glance is your last glance. There have been very few documented cases of wolf attacks in North America. Earlier this month wolves attacked dogs in 3 seperate incidents in Prince Rupert, resulting in the death of a Maltese puppy. A pack of wolves were also reported to have attacked three women and their dogs in Alaska last week, where wolf attacks have been increasing in frequency.
When I read this story, it gave me the shivers, because my youngest son, and my husband both work there. At the moment they have a Grizzly bear snooping around their camp, but they're not allowed to carry guns. I'm thinking of sending one up to my son disguised as a super-soaker.