Welcome!by Dr. Damon Popovics on 12/05/11
Welcome everyone! I started this wolf mapping program on 9/29/11 after my wife came across a fresh wolf-killed elk cow just a few miles from our house in North Central Idaho while she was on horseback with a friend and our dogs. After hearing many others in the area with similar encounters, I decided to start mapping them to see just how many there were.
Well one turned into five, and five turned into twenty, and twenty quickly turned into 100. First it was limited to my county, then expanded statewide, then I was asked to expand the map to include MT, OR, and WA. As of today on 12/05/11, the little map I created has gathered 216 Facebook fans and 2134 map views in just over 2 months!
My intent is to create a place that residents in the Northwest can go to educate themselves about wolf sightings and encounters in their area based on reported first-hand resident reports. That way hikers, campers, horse riders, hunters, and prospectors (for you Blue Duck) can be better educated about the dangers of the wilderness, as well as the proximity to populated areas that wolves may be.
Some posts may be pro-wolf and some may be anti-wolf. My request is that this forum remain civil. Regardless of where I stand on the issue (those who know me know my views), I will remain impartial and not corrupt the data presented to me. Whether you choose to use the map to relocate a camping trip or hike, to listen to the wolves howl, or to use it to plan your next wolf hunting trip it is up to you.
Please use the link on the home page to report any sightings and I will update the map promptly. Photos are also welcomed and can be plotted on the map as well.
Dr. Damon Popovics