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Are there wolves in Arkansas ? In answer to last week’s editorial by that title, I received a number of replies. It makes me feel a little better knowing that others, too, have seen wolf-like creatures right here in northwest Arkansas.

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Opinion, Pages 6 on 02/08/2012

Print Headline: Are there wolves in Arkansas? Maybe so!

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I have had four wolf sightings in the last 12 months. Two at my home in Bela Vista, and two around Fayetteville. The 2 in fayetteville have both been in just the last week. One Gray. One Black. At home, i have witnessed a pack of at least five chasing a deer, and a lone gray wolf approached me in the woods while i was using a Buck Call. They are definitely here.

Posted by: Montana04

January 3, 2013 at 10:51 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

I came across this article as I was searching for a recording of a coyote growling. I live near Wedington and I540, we have a large field with woods and a creek running through it behind our house, so we are no strangers to coyotes' yipping. We often hear howling and group yipping chaos, but last night was different. There was definitely a group of coyotes, VERY loud,very close, but it almost sounded as though they were fighting or had hunted something down. We listened for about 4 minutes, then chaos settled down but then we heard a coyote's softer yip, then the deepest lowest growl imaginable. I have NEVER heard anything like it. Then we heard it a couple more times. It reverberated and gave our entire family chills. It wasn't a dog, it wasn't a wild cat, and again I have never heard a coyote make such a noise, so I thought it could have been a wolfe that the coyotes had attacked or something. It was very dark, we went to investigate after the noise had stopped, but we couldn't find anything. I plan to look around today in the light. Does anyone have an experience of coyotes growling? If so, can you describe the sound? Any ideas?

Posted by: lovegreen

January 11, 2013 at 10:32 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

I live in Hot Springs, Arkansas, and walk the mountain trails almost daily. I was walking on a trail on Tower Mountain, when I heard a rustling in the bushes ahead of me. I stopped because I thought it was a deer, as I see them often. But out of the bushes and across the trail came a large, I would say a wolf, as it was very bushy, large, and black. He bounded across the trail and then turned around and went back across and hid in the bushes. Well, needless to say, I turned around and went back to the road, as I had my dog with me. I don't know if it was a wolf, but it was not a fox, or a coyote, it was way to big, bushy and black. He took the trail across in one stride. Should I have been afraid? I was, I can say. I have never seen any animal like that on the mountain. It was not a dog, as there was noone on the trail but me and my dog. I did not see him anymore as I did not stick around. If it was not a wolf, what was it??
Thank you

Posted by: RaynaRenee

September 7, 2013 at 7:49 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

I did call a forest ranger and reported it to her. But she said,"Well all our animals are protected in the park" I told her I realize that is true, but wanted to report it to her. She said she would report the siting to the proper people.

Posted by: RaynaRenee

September 7, 2013 at 7:52 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

My dad used to work at a rock quarry in Goshen and he told me on multiple occasions saw a pack of about 5 black wolves chase deer off of the top of the quarry wall. I have personal found wolf tracks around a pond I used to fish at in Brentwood, AR. I know about 15 years ago only about 5 miles from the pond there was a family that raised and sold wolves, so it may be possible that one or more escaped. I also saw one in Fayetteville once across from Walmart on MLK blvd but it appeared to be someones pet. As to mountain lions we have one that lives near our house. In 2010 my husbands dog was mauled by a large cat. When my husband found the dog he found large cat tracks along with trails where its tail dragged through the snow.

Posted by: crowdogtb

January 31, 2014 at 10:22 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

I saw three very large, dark colored wolves about 5 years ago when returning to my vehicle parked near the south entrance to the Winding Stairs on the Little Mosourri River. It was nearing dusk, and I had been hiking with my Cairn Terrier back by what some of the locals call the Blue Hole. I do not know why I even looked up as we approached my car from on down the main trail, but as I looked up, I saw three very large wolves circling my car. I was unarmed, and given that I had my Cairn Terrier on a leash, I was a little panicked at the sight of them. Had my dog seen them, I can only guess what might have happened. I had grown up spending many a summer weekend on the Little Mosourri River, but we had never once seen wolves. Mountain lions were not uncommon, at least by vocalizations often heard late in the nighttime hours. The only thing I could think to do was to set off my car's alarm, and fortunately, I was wearing my key around my neck. The instant I set off the alarm, the three wolves scattered off into the surrounding woods. I am certain these were not coyotes, and I am reasonably as certain they were not dogs. They may have been circling my vehicle while looking for food, perhaps enticed by the scent of my dog, or my camping supplies that were locked inside my car. Needless to say, I have not returned to the Winding Stairs area off Golden Road since then. I know I will certainly never go there alone again, or without some kind of protection at my side, other than my Cairn Terrier. What we think we know about our woods may be less than what we think, and, indeed these woods may be home to any number of animals like the three wolves circling my car that evening. Be careful out there.

Posted by: AvidNaturalist

September 7, 2015 at 4:51 p.m. ( | suggest removal )