Myself and Mario Benedict went hunting on Friday the 29th of Oct. up Deep Creek Rd. on the east side of Hungry Horse Reservoir. I shot a 6-point bull elk approximately two hours from the truck. I gutted and quartered the elk as Mario [dragged it] up to the road. We then walked back to the truck. As Mario had to work the following day, I got Raymond Pittman to help me get the meat the following morning with my horses.

When we got to the spot in the road where we left the quarters, backstrap tenderloin etc. the day before, we checked to make sure there were no bears, cats, wolves etc. in the area. There were no tracks of anything except a coyote track. We felt safe at that time to relax and eat lunch. Raymond had brought MREs to cook on his little stove.

After about an hour we cut off the legs on the quarters, then re-cinched the saddles on the horses and put the pack panyards on the horses. At that time we took the horses over and tied them up to trees next to the quarters. I then started to pack up a front shoulder and my horse started to get excited, then the other horse did the same.These horses are very used to [the smell of raw] meat, so I didn’t know what was going on. I then went to my horse, “Shotgun,” and grabbed him by the halter to calm him down. At that point he started blowing and he got worse. He was looking over my head behind me, and at that point I knew something was wrong behind me.

I turned and looked and saw six, seven, or eight wolves and started to run for my rifle that was leaning on a rock on the other side of the road in the direction of the wolves. I was about halfway there and I heard Raymond shoot with his .44 Magnum. When I reached my gun, I picked it up and the wolves had stopped. I pointed my gun at them at about the same time they started to run at us again. At that time I feared for my life and my horses, and my friend [and] started to shoot.

I shot three times at the wolves and they finally fled into the timber. I ran over to the horse named “Starburst.” He had wound himself around the tree so tight that his head was [stuck] tight against the tree. I unhooked the rope clasp from the halter and told Raymond to untie the rope and hand it to me as I could barely hang onto the uncontrolled horse.

Once I got the lead rope clipped back onto the halter, Raymond took the horse. I then went for my horse before there was another problem. As I was untying my horse, a lone wolf started to howl, then all of them started to howl. This scared the horses really bad.

I told Raymond to shoot his pistol in the direction of the howling. It stopped them for a few seconds and then they all started howling again. It sounded like maybe seven or eight wolves or more. As the horses [were] spinning around and blowing, I told Raymond to shoot again to shut them up as they were totally scaring the horses out of control. When he did shoot again, they shut up for it seemed 30 seconds to a minute or so. I told Raymond we needed to try and load the meat.

Then they started to howl again and they were closer to us. We couldn’t at that point even try to load meat as the horses really started to go berserk. I picked up a backstrap to put into the panyard and Shotgun was out of control from the howling and gunshots.

Raymond said, “We need to get the hell out of here!” and I agreed with him as we both feared for our life at this point. I dropped the backstrap and started to follow Raymond down the road as his horse was almost dragging him and mine was doing the same.

We got about 50 to 75 yards down the road when the wolves were howling right next to us on the side of the road. I said, the bastards are following us, maybe trying to kill us or the horses. I told Raymond to shoot into the trees at them as we were trying to get away down the road. And that’s what he did.

At that point the horses were totally out of control — damned near dragging us away. For an hour and a half back to the truck it was a rodeo with the horses as they were scared to death, spinning around and trying to look behind them for wolves.

I feel my horses — well, one is mine and one is a friend of mine’s horse — anyway I feel they are probably never going to be calm in the woods again, as horses remember things forever.

On another note, I am very [angry]. I lost all my hard-earned elk meat to a pack of damned wolves. I feel fortunate and blessed by God to have gotten out of there with my life, my friend’s life and [the] horses’ lives. I’ve been out in the mountains five times in a week and have seen wolves on three of those times, including this attack.

Something needs to change! When Perry Brown and I went back, a grizzly had buried all my meat with the carcass (more misfortune).

Mark E. Appleby, November 1, 2010

In case you didn’t know, it shooting a wolf is a federal beef. Hence the testimony. Here’s his pal’s testimony.

Statement Of Raymond R. Pitman On Wolf Attack of October 30, 2010:

On Saturday, October 30 I left the house at 6:00 a.m. to go help Mark Appleby get his elk out of the woods. He had shot the elk the day before and needed the horses and some help to get it out.

So, we got to the gate just at daylight and saddled the horses. We rode up as far as we could to a gully that we had to make it through with the horses, and had about a half hour [hike] at that point to the elk.

From there, we walked the horses the rest of the way, keeping an eye out for bears, wolves, mountain lions, etc. There were some old tracks around … singles, nothing fresh. Nonetheless, we started making noise [so] as to scare anything off.

About 200 yards from the elk, I pulled my revolver in case something noticed us first. We got to the elk, checked out the entire scene to see if anything had been on the quarters, and there was nothing out of place. Mark’s hat was still exactly on top of the meat as he had left it. No tracks around to worry about. One coyote track. We checked the carcass from about 50 yards away … nothing.

We thought everything was safe, so we made lunch on the jet boil. Took a little break for about 30 or 40 minutes, then got back to work cutting the lower legs of the elk. We then laid all the meat out to balance the load on the horses. We then thought to move the horses (after putting on the panyards) closer to the meat, so we tied them up closer.

As we lifted the first piece of meat, the horses started shying violently, with large fiery eyes. I thought to myself, “I thought these horses were used to meat.” Mark, though, tried to calm Shotgun (his horse), but instead he was freaking out worse.

Mark turned and started to yell, “Wolves, Raymond!” I turned to see six or seven wolves at 20 yards or less coming in on us … silently! No noise was heard. I pulled my .44 and fired a round up the hill as a warning. They didn’t pause at all. So, I started pulling the trigger at the violent, incredibly fast pack of wolves. They were so close and [there were] so many of them. They were all around us from our 3 o’clock to our 9 o’clock [position], coming in for either the horses or the meat or us. We were definitely in a life or death situation.

As I shot the first two or so times, Mark made it to his rifle and started shooting as well … all within seconds.

After the initial shots were fired, the horses ended up tied up on the tree, wrapped up. We fixed the horses and had them in hand. Mark and I were not able to load any meat as the wolves did not leave! They started howling, first one at about 50 yards, then getting closer, all of them. Again we had to leave … we had to leave the meat on the ground.

I held my horse in one hand and my .44 in the other. I tried to get packed up from lunch and keep [hold] of the horse while still watching for those wolves to come through the timber again. They wouldn’t quit, so we started out of there. They were coming after us again, so I fired up hill again to scare them off, twice. And yet again as we were walking out (being dragged almost) [by the horses], they kept coming. So after about 75 yards again, I had to fire another round into the sky. Then my .44 was out of bullets, so we got the heck out of there, looking over our shoulders the whole way.

God saved us this time, but those wolves are still out there. I won’t go in these woods without a sidearm ever again. These wolves were not afraid of us at all. They are killers. If those horses [hadn’t warned] us, they would have been on us in three seconds. [That’s] the closest I have ever been to being food for a predator.

Raymond Pitman, November 2, 2010

NOTE: This incident follows the fatal wolf attack on 32-year-old teacher Candice Berner at Chignik Lake, Alaska. Pressure is building for a re-evaluation of the wolf’s place on the endangered species list.

11 Responses to Statement of Mark E. Appleby On Wolf Attack of October 30, 2010 to Region One Montana Fish Wildlife And Parks Officer

  1. These men were understandably scared. They were challenged and pursued by a pack of predators after all.

    But I don't want to live in a world where wolves cannot threaten your life if you do not take precautions. Yes they should have been allowed to shoot them if they attacked. But if one looks at the number of wolves and the amount of territory wolves inhabit today, it is clear that wolves need to remain an official Endangered Species. To do otherwise would mean certain destruction.

  2. I can't believe anyone in the world is so gullible so foolish so childish to think wolves are endangered species. The wolf is FAKE endangered species. It does not qualify to be called endangered. These wolves need to be controlled now 15 years of lies about the wolves is enough they are wiping out the game herds forcing ranchers out of business that is a DOCUMENTED FACT. The "so called" wolf experts lied to the American public about there never being a documented wolf attack in US history. Time for arrested warrant and prison time for all that are behind this fraud.

  3. Hold on Bruce, you have to remember people like Daverino who only know what defenders of wildlife tell them have NO clue. They don't have time to do any learning on their own, they just continue to spew the lies that the USFWS and environmentalists dribble. I wonder at times though if they knew the truth, would they continue to spread lies? The wolves are a tool just as the Spotted owl was, the illegally introduced wolves are being used to ruin ranchers and stop hunting by allowing the wolves to kill off the game herds. To create a hardship for people who live in the country and shut down public lands do to the dangers of the wolf attacks. The lie that there has never been a wolf attack in north america is just one of many to promote the wolves, the environmentalists and USFWS are using people like Daverino to keep the lies going. Daverino here is some information about the wolves that the environmentalists would just a soon you did not see.

    What They Didn’t Tell You About Wolf Recovery
    http://www.idahoforwildlife.com/Website%20article

    FWS Biologist Says Wolf Numbers Underestimated
    http://www.idahoforwildlife.com/Website%20article

    When Biologists Stocked Alaska with Wolves
    http://www.idahoforwildlife.com/Website%20article

  4. The Endangered Species Act is the engine of social change being used by environmental elitists to destroy rural America. The wildlife that they pretend to care so much about are nothing more than tools of conquest to them. http://www.mtmultipleuse.org/endangered/endangere

    Who is paying for the Wolves
    http://www.pinedaleonline.com/news/2009/07/Missou

    Dr. Valerius Geist’s Response to the Claims That Hydatid Disease Spread by Wolves Does Not Represent a Significant Threat to Humans http://www.idahoforwildlife.com/Website%20article

    Undue Burden: The real cost of living with wolves
    http://westinstenv.org/wildpeop/2008/02/18/undue-

  5. Fifteen years ago I was blessed to see and hear the 20, 000 Elk in the refuge in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Today I hear there are 6,000 or so that migrate into the refuge. Since the introduction of the wolf into Yellowstone the elk herd has diminished. This is not balance in the wild it is the overrunning of other animals by the natural agressive predatory nature of the wolf. The wolf numbers have created a destructive overkill of the elk and is a man created disaster. The wolf must be delisted from the endangered species list and/or a sanctioned hunt and kill season be declared to restore balance to the total environment. the environment does not belong tothe wolf alone. Please educate yourself to the BIG picture and get out of the tiny box of only the wolf point of view.

  6. Illegally introducing wolves that didn't belong in the lower 48 had nothing to do with an endangered animal, but instead destroying private property rights and the taking of more land, parks, wolf habitat. The lower 48 had it's own wolves, I say had because the wolves that were introduced have killed our native wolves. The USFWS have been and are still releasing the Canadian wolves in states that have never had them, where they are then "Discovered" by state game managers, " write a wolf plan and the wolves will come. The Canadian wolves have never nor will they ever be an endangered predator. The lies of the environmentalists and USFWS are catching up to them and many have sworn to have those responsible for this man made environmental disaster held accountable for their actions.

    Problem with the Endangered Species Act http://www.discerningtoday.org

    Taking Liberty, How Private Property is being Abolished in America
    http://www.takingliberty.us/TLHome.html

  7. Daverino, what kind of density would satisfy your requirements to not have them endangered? Maybe you should check with your pro wolf site of choice to find out this weeks number, or maybe the USFWS and the DoW along with their sister groups should have honored the original target numbers that had set at introduction, illegal as it was. But it seems that the numbers never seem grand enough for the wolf lovers and the conflict must keep going to keep filing the lawsuits that keep a steady flow of govt cash into the pro wolf's coffers. But Daverino you are right on one point "Yes they should have been allowed to shoot them if they attacked" .

  8. Some people are so extremely anti-wolf biased, you cannot believe anything they say.
    Do some research. One of them is a wacko that is obsessed with Nazis. This is what one of these anti-wolf idiots believes:

    “Who wants a wildland project here in American the NAZI WOLF LOVING LUNATICS.”

    “the Nazi are still here in America supporting the wolves.”

    “That the Nazi wanted a wildland project no differences between the NAZI’S then and you wolf loving lunatics here in America”

    “Just like the NAZI that study was buried and the public not allow to see it. Kind of sounds like NAZI propaganda doesn’t it. Or should we talk about the NAZI way the anti American wolf lover so called expert that flew up 6 weeks after Kenton Carnegie was killed and said he saw a bear track in a picture. That sound like NAZI propaganda but then truth on the wolf issue is precious and hard to find I wonder why. Oh that right the NAZI propaganda hiding all the wolf attacks on people.”

    ” Wolves never balance nature that is propaganda ploy to convince people to accept Nazi thinking. ”

    “Nope you far left wing extremist can’t handle the truth that you are in the NAZI wolf cult it is documented fact and you hate the truth.”

    “NAZI THAT SUPPORT WOLVES IS A FACT LIVE IN DENIAL ALL YOU WANT YOU ARE FOLLOWING NAZI WOLF PROPAGANDA”

    “So all the wolf lovers are supporting the whole Nazi thinking here in America.”

    Hitler called all hunters poachers. Wolf lovers call all hunters poachers wonder where they got that connection LMAO”
    “All wolf lovers are anti American Eco Nazi’s Hitler played the same game on the German people about saving the wildlife and worshipping the wolves.”

    http://mainehuntingtoday.com/bbb/2011/01/03/the-fairy-tale-land-of-the-wolf-mysticism/

  9. “I guess all the wolves turned gay because their numbers are staying the same.”
    http://www.billingsnews.com/index.php/news/35-local-local/images/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=2345:paperwork-lets-predators-feast&catid=85:front-page-category

    Wolf Watch 2 | Facebook
    Bruce Hemming “Ed the Mid West is really corrupt on the whole wolf issue. In Michigan they have gay wolves.”

    “now the only way that can happen is if the wolves are all gay or someone is controlling the over population of wolves.”
    http://mainehuntingtoday.com/bbb/2010/11/30/in-defense-of-karen-who-encountered-wolves-in-her-yard-in-idaho/

    What is this irrational fear of Nazis being all over America and an obsession with “Gay” animals? Is someone becoming paranoid because Nazis persecuted homosexuals? Come out of the closet already! People are getting sick of listening this nonsense.

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