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Pet wolf hybrid attacks deputy

Post by Blightwolf » Wed Aug 25, 2010 7:44 am

Pet wolf hybrid attacks deputy
January 20, 2010

AKRON, Ohio — A Summit County sheriff's deputy said she was attacked by a wolf hybrid earlier this week in Conventry Township near Akron.

Deputies responded to a call of three wolf hybrids on the loose after one of them attacked a female deputy Sunday night.

The owner of the animals said he bought them a few months ago.

"These are very unique animals and I like them better than dogs," said the owner, who does not want his named used.

All three of the Summit County man's wolves got out of their pen.

"I am really, really shocked they got out," he told ONN's Cristin Severance.

Sgt. Scott Cottle said a deputy was trying to coax the two female wolf hybrids to come to her when the attack happened.

"As she was trying to coax them to her, out of nowhere she gets hit like a blind spot by the male wolf," says Sergeant Cottle. "He's a very aggressive animal. He knocks her down and she was able to get her baton out of her belt. She knocked him in the throat and that's when he took off running."

The animal's owner doesn't think his pets were trying to hurt her.

"He's not a mean wolf," says the owner. "The deputy was kneeling down trying to get the two female wolves to come to her when the male came up from behind her. He kind of jumped on her, but even with us he does that. He is very playful."

Two of the three animals were caught and given back to the owner.

As of Wednesday night, the male wolf was still on the loose.

The owner and deputy's agree that if someone sees the animal, they should not approach it.

The owner was cited for allowing his animals to run at large, and he is no longer keeping them in an outside pen.

Source: http://www.onntv.com/live/content/onnne ... ml?sid=102
I am extremely delighted that the deputy did not get injured, because it just shines through this article that the owner of these hybrids is one of those uneducated, ignorant and irresponsible imbeciles who lack the proper knowledge and resources to maintain animals such as wolfdogs.
The animal's owner doesn't think his pets were trying to hurt her.

"He's not a mean wolf," says the owner. "The deputy was kneeling down trying to get the two female wolves to come to her when the male came up from behind her. He kind of jumped on her, but even with us he does that. He is very playful."
That kind of behavior exhibited from wolfdogs is not playful behavior. The male definitely executed an aggressive encounter with the deputy. This is incident was partially due to the deputy's own fault, she should have not try to coax the animals to come near to hear. As someone who has studied and worked with wolfdogs for 3 years, I am 100% convinced that the male became defensive because the deputy tried to engage contact with the female hybrids - all wolfdogs are less predictable than domestic dogs, but particularly male hybrids can exhibit possessively defensive behavior over their female pack members. Also, what irks me the most is that the owner states that the hybrid jumps on his owners, as well. Jumping is an extremely undesired, bad habit, and it should be kept at bay through training - it is a form of social testing that can develop into dominant aggression. Wolves and hybrids should never be allowed to jump on humans, but unfortunately, a majority of hybrid owners do view this behavior as "play".

I am very worried that these kind of people own hybrids. x__x
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Post by Winterwolf1 » Wed Aug 25, 2010 9:44 am

It's great to see that they didn't get hurt although, it is worrying like you said Blight. That some people when get wolfdogs don't even try to educate themselves about them. Which only leads into disaster at times.
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Post by Blightwolf » Wed Aug 25, 2010 11:54 am

At least this occurrence didn't involve a serious incident. Nevertheless, this calls into question what type of people in fact own hybrid wolves - only a very small faction of people are actually educated and knowledgeable enough to properly care for these animals. Hybrid wolves are not "backyard pets". Just like wolves, they can be potentially dangerous, and are far less predictable than domestic dogs. People always imagine that in wolfdogs, the dog side is stronger and wins, when in fact it's nearly always the other way around; the wild side rules supreme. Hybrids are not fully domestic nor they're fully wild, either. They have stronger and keener instincts than domestic dogs but they are naturally just as reclusive and timid as wolves - this can be a VERY dangerous combination.
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Post by Canidae » Wed Aug 25, 2010 12:49 pm

Aggh good I was worried the ending would be messy. Thank goodness for police batons eh?

And...another classic case of somebody thinking they can handle it, then being proved horribly wrong. -_-
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Post by Blightwolf » Wed Aug 25, 2010 12:58 pm

Canidae wrote:Aggh good I was worried the ending would be messy. Thank goodness for police batons eh?

And...another classic case of somebody thinking they can handle it, then being proved horribly wrong. -_-
Well, in this case, a police baton very plausibly saved the deputy's life.
"These are very unique animals and I like them better than dogs," said the owner, who does not want his named used.
Based on that sentence, it is quite clear that this fellow who owns the hybrids is one of those incredibly idiotic and irresponsible fools that cannot even grow one braincell. Obviously, he acquired his canines simply due to the fact that he regards hybrids as "cool" pets, without really knowing how they should be handled: With caution and confidence.

It ticks me off so bad that wolfdogs get further antagonized by incidents and situations like these. I absolutely loathe imbecile wolf hybrid owners. :/
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Re: Pet wolf hybrid attacks deputy

Post by Crocotto » Wed Aug 25, 2010 3:55 pm

It's my theory that people keep dangerous animals for the same reason some people keep 100+ guns (I'm NOT again gun ownership, but I am against unnecessary, extreme gun collecting). They start to feel empowered because they think they are controlling something dangerous. And in every case that thought that they can control what they posses is very...very wrong.... and cases where innocent people get hurt; just like this, happens
"He is very playful."
Excuse me but... playful my boot!This was a full on attack. The attack was likely impart because the officer unknowingly had her back to the male (which something you DO NOT want to do to a large carnivore), that combined with a higher prey drive and the fact the officer was near the female wolf-dogs is probably what caused the male to attack.

nothing more, nothing less

I salute the officer for her quick thinking on the baton, and I'm glad she wasn't injured beyond a few scratches
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Post by Blightwolf » Wed Aug 25, 2010 4:32 pm

Crocotto wrote:It's my theory that people keep dangerous animals for the same reason some people keep 100+ guns (I'm NOT again gun ownership, but I am against unnecessary, extreme gun collecting). They start to feel empowered because they think they are controlling something dangerous. And in every case that thought that they can control what they posses is very...very wrong.... and cases where innocent people get hurt; just like this, happens
"He is very playful."
Excuse me but... playful my boot!This was a full on attack. The attack was likely impart because the officer unknowingly had her back to the male (which something you DO NOT want to do to a large carnivore), that combined with a higher prey drive and the fact the officer was near the female wolf-dogs is probably what caused the male to attack.
That is a very correct and common theory, Croc - hybrid owners tend to get some sort of doses of power via their ownership; they think that they are controlling a "dangerous beast" and get completely awed by this. To me, owning a hybrid because it is "macho" is incredibly immature and irresponsible, just plain STUPID.

"Playful" is nowhere near the behavior the male hybrid exhibited. It was an attack. And yes, probably the fact that the deputy had her back to the male and being so close to the female hybrids triggered his instinct to attack. I might add, though, that a thoroughly trained and well habituated hybrid would not execute behavior like that. It would still remain unpredictable, yes, but if the canine was properly socialized, it wouldn't have attacked the deputy - at least the chance of it might attacking would have been reduced by a half.
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Post by Larkarl » Wed Aug 25, 2010 4:44 pm

People really need to be trained by experts before handling a wolfdog or any other dangerous animal. I agree with Blightwolf; people shouldn't have a wolfdog as a pet just because they want to seem 'cool'.

I wonder why it's even legal to keep wolfdogs as pets. They are indeed unpredictable. Do the untrained owners even think about what they're taking on?
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Larkarl wrote:I wonder why it's even legal to keep wolfdogs as pets. They are indeed unpredictable. Do the untrained owners even think about what they're taking on?
Hybrid ownership is widely prohibited, but many own hybrids either illegally or have applied for a license to own them. And yes, there are some countries and states in which hybrid ownership is unregulated, such as in my country, Finland.

And no, they do not think - not a single thought. They are too centered around their perfect imagery about owning a "wolf", and it seems to amazing and wonderful and awesome to them that they do not consider any consequences.
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Post by Larkarl » Wed Aug 25, 2010 4:56 pm

Hm. I'm not that educated on wolfdogs- but when you apply for a license to own one, is there any training you're required to go through? Incidents like this might be prevented if there was more awareness on the nature of wolfdogs.
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Post by Blightwolf » Wed Aug 25, 2010 5:00 pm

Larkarl wrote:Hm. I'm not that educated on wolfdogs- but when you apply for a license to own one, is there any training you're required to go through? Incidents like this might be prevented if there was more awareness on the nature of wolfdogs.
Nope, there's no training whatsoever. You just contact a wildlife agency, apply for a permit and they should send an official to evaluate the condition and appropriateness of your property (whether is it suitable for a hybrid or not).

Even if people are aware that they should be educated about the canines they own, they still want to experience that "coolness" of being a "wolf owner". x__x
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Blightwolf wrote:
Larkarl wrote:Hm. I'm not that educated on wolfdogs- but when you apply for a license to own one, is there any training you're required to go through? Incidents like this might be prevented if there was more awareness on the nature of wolfdogs.
Nope, there's no training whatsoever. You just contact a wildlife agency, apply for a permit and they should send an official to evaluate the condition and appropriateness of your property (whether is it suitable for a hybrid or not).

Even if people are aware that they should be educated about the canines they own, they still want to experience that "coolness" of being a "wolf owner". x__x

Why don't they evaluate the condition and appropriateness of the owner?
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Canidae wrote:Why don't they evaluate the condition and appropriateness of the owner?
That would make many much sense.
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Post by Crocotto » Wed Aug 25, 2010 5:23 pm

Larkarl wrote:
Canidae wrote:Why don't they evaluate the condition and appropriateness of the owner?
That would make many much sense.
Indeed, a pet owner needs to be responsible for what there pet does
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Re: Pet wolf hybrid attacks deputy

Post by Jayness » Wed Aug 25, 2010 6:02 pm

Crocotto wrote:
Larkarl wrote:
Canidae wrote:Why don't they evaluate the condition and appropriateness of the owner?
That would make many much sense.
Indeed, a pet owner needs to be responsible for what there pet does
I agree, the owner was not educated enough to know how powerful these 'wolfdogs' can be.
Maybe he/her should know what they're handling.
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