A wild dog
Wild dogs look like the dogs we love as pets, but they can be dangerous. Image from Wikimedia Commons.

The Pacific Northwest of the United States is known for having its share of wildlife, but a pack of wild dogs near Spokane has been terrorizing the countryside. Nearly 100 animals, mostly livestock, have been killed by the wild dogs, but three of the dogs were recently killed.

Livestock killing spree hoped to be ending

A pack of wild dogs has been terrorizing the countryside north of the city of Spokane, located in northeastern Washington state. Residents, according to the Seattle Times, have been likening the marauding animals to “Cujo,” the St. Bernard in the Stephen King novel of that name that contracts rabies and terrorizes a small town. Corpses of wildlife and livestock began being found in late March, according to the Daily Mail, and the feral dogs have killed nearly 100 animals. Most victims have been livestock such as goats, including a llama that weighed more than 350 pounds. The attacks were confined to the area around Deer Park, Wash.

Residents hoping leaders brought down

The Stevens County Sheriff’s Office, according to MSNBC, recently announced that three of the wild dogs in the pack have been killed. One dog was killed by a pair of hunting dogs that belonged to a man hunting turkey. Two more were shot June 11 and 12 by a man who had lost livestock to the wild dog pack. The pack had been estimated to contain at least five wild dogs, but that estimate came from photographs that were taken at night by a Deer Park area resident. Almost all the animals that were killed by the dogs were west of Deer Park, in the more remote areas.

Feral dogs a danger in rural areas

Though dogs can be family pets, they aren’t far from reverting to being ferocious pack hunters. Feral dogs are dangerous, and the danger isn’t always confined to the country. For instance, a 13-year old boy named Kahmal Darby was attacked by a a pack of feral dogs on June 6, according to WEWS TV, a Cleveland area ABC affiliate, in broad daylight in the city of Cleveland, Ohio. In West Virginia, a woman was mauled by a pack of wild dogs on May 31 as she was walking near Millcreek Mountain, outside of Lake, W. Va., according to NBC affiliate WSAZ TV. In Kenai, Alaska, a show llama named Obama the Llama was killed by feral dogs on June 4, according to The Republic. If feral dogs are in the area, people should call authorities if concerned with the safety of themselves, others or animals in the area.

Sources

Seattle Times: http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/2015274467_apwastevenscountydogpack1stldwritethru.html

Daily Mail: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2001982/No-knows-ll-hit–Washington-state-warned-bloodthirsty-roving-wild-dog-pack-kill-100-animals-including-350lb-llama.html

MSNBC: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/43384182

WEWS: http://www.newsnet5.com/dpp/news/local_news/cleveland_metro/cleveland-teen-thankful-hes-alive-after-he%27s-attacked-by-three-vicious-dogs

WSAZ: http://www.wsaz.com/news/headlines/Woman_Attacked_by_Pack_of_Wild_Dogs_122869534.html?ref=534

The Republic: http://www.therepublic.com/view/story/2501aafae52f4790bdc134982e3a1955/AK–Llama-Killed/

 

 

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