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2/21/2013 11:40:00 AM
Lakeside man photographs wolf near Mud Creek
The wolf seems to smile as she looks at her surroundings.Photo by Craig Monette
The wolf seems to smile as she looks at her surroundings.
Photo by Craig Monette
Vince Lovato

Craig Monette went out hiking Feb. 11 hoping to get a few pictures of deer antlers. Instead, he came within shooting distance of a juvenile she wolf.

That's shooting distance for a camera.

Monette, a 53-year-old outdoorsman from Lakeside, was in the Mud Creek area near Entiat when he spotted the wolf about a mile away on a hiking trail. He retreated to his nearby snowmobile, knelt on one knee and grabbed his Canon digital camera.

"It had walked down the road until it encountered me about 50 feet away," said, Monette, who had a gun. "I felt an array of emotions. I felt a little threatened but after about 2 minutes, she walked away. No one sees a wolf. It's the smartest animal in the woods. It knows the presence of man and runs the other way."

And so, he felt compelled to document the meeting.

"I thought if I don't have a picture of this, no one's going to believe me," he said. "She smiled at me. The wolf is happy in the picture . She watched a bird fly and a stick that fell to the ground. It forgot all about me. At one point I spoke to (her)."

Monette sent the photos to Washington Fish and Wildlife biologists who read the number on the ear tags. They tagged her in Kittatas County as a puppy.

He estimated the wolf to weight about 120 pounds and some can get as big as 250 pounds, he said.

"He is the dominate predator in the woods," Monette said. "I just think people should know. That wolf was one night's walk from Chelan."

Reader Comments

Posted: Monday, February 25, 2013
Article comment by: Virginia Emerick

When I lived in the Chelan Hills, in the 1990's, on El Dorado neighbor and I both had 2 white wolves in our back yard.
I opened my back door one day and they were on my porch.
They seemed very serene to see me, and just stood there...our eyes met..
They were beautiful...very big, @125 lbs, and they left into the valley, and I never saw them again.
They rarely attack humans, and these 2 seemed very friendly.

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