John Owens is a hunter who spends most of his time in nature. He often sets some traps for hunting. One November, in Wisconsin, John hung out with his friend in the woods. While checking a Coyote trap he'd set previously, John noticed that he caught something larger than the Coyote. That moment became special to them.
It turned out that John caught a huge wolf. It can be a dangerous situation when a huge animal is caught in a trap in the woods. What if this large wolf that is larger than a coyote rampages, or bites into his arm or leg? It was a life-and-death situation in which almost everyone would panic. What action did John take in this situation?
One of this huge wolf's forefeet seemed injured, and he was desperately trying to get out of the trap. The scene looked painful. John knew this was not a simple matter of freeing the wolf because he could be seriously injured in the process. If such a large animal attacks, there is no way to defend against it. John must make the right decision in such an unusual situation.
This trap was designed to catch small creatures by grabbing their legs and keeping them at the point of the trap. It is almost impossible for an animal to escape from this trap; humans must free it. John couldn't leave this poor wolf alone, but he had to make a decision quickly. To shoot him or to let him free, it was a dilemma.
Being stuck in a trap was unpleasant, and the wolf was barking. A lone wolf doesn't frequently attack humans in the forest, but a trapped wolf can get ferocious. John had to keep in mind that the wolf there was very dangerous.
Then John noticed a few details that made him think this wolf might be a Timber wolf, informed by his years of hunting experience. But was John really convinced that this animal was a Timber wolf? What if this creature was another animal altogether?
Coyotes and Timber wolves look very similar, and most people can't tell the differences between the two as both have similar types of fur and both look like dogs. John's friend started discussing ways to find out what sort of animal it was. Eventually, John concluded that it was a Timber wolf due to its size.
How are Timber wolves different from other wolves? The Timber wolf, known as Gray wolf, weighs up to 100 pounds and has gray hair and a black and white codling pattern. They can live quite long, about 16 years, and are very clever animals. The Timber wolf has long been on the endangered species list. It is illegal to shoot this wolf in Wisconsin.
Therefore, John and his friend decided to release the wolf. They had debated about how they could free the wolf without injuring anyone. John's father also joined John for the release; he returned to the truck and picked up a big piece of plywood and a gun for the worst case scenario. But they all hoped it would end without any blood.
This wolf had become accustomed to human beings nearby. The wolf was tired after trying hard to get out of the trap. John walked around the trap, getting closer, and observing the situation. They had to free the wolf in one smooth move.
John had never released a wolf out of a trap before, so he didn't know if their plan would succeed. The situation seemed quite tricky. They prepared the tools, including a veneer board and a gun, and were ready to carry out their plan.
John took out the veneer board and walked up to the wolf. The veneer board served as a shield. John's friend filmed every moment, and then John slowly approached the wolf. Although it was not easy, they had to implement the plan perfectly.
John knew what to do, but he was very nervous. If the wolf jumped on John once he was free, it was very likely that John would die before his father fired a gun. No one knew what would happen when the wolf was free. Would he run away or attack humans?
The most thrilling moment had arrived. John stared at his friend to get some moral support. He carefully moved the plywood towards the wolf and gently lowered the veneer onto the wolf's claw. Luckily, the notch was placed just above the wolf's arm. However, something horrible happened next.
The wolf looked aggressive, attacking the veneer, biting and scratching it. He seemed to be ready to attack. Can you understand that John still wanted to save this wolf? John tried hard to allow the wolf to calm down and understand the situation.
John held the plywood in one hand and tried to free the wolf from the trap with the other. John worked carefully to release the wolf's paw from the trap. At last, he managed it, and the wolf turned back and ran away. Everyone was satisfied with this result as no one was injured. John's friend videotaped this series of events. When they played the video to see the wolf's reaction, everyone was surprised.
In the video, John and his friend noticed the wolf's reaction. The wolf was looking into John's direction for a moment before heading into the woods. It was as if to say thanks to John. John was too scared to see the wolf in the heat of the moment. Now, through the video, he firmly believed that he made the right choice.