Fort Richardson officials announced Monday that they have closed a section of the post for recreational use following a weekend encounter in which a wolf grabbed a dog by the nape of its neck, then trailed two joggers and their dogs after releasing its catch unharmed.
The encounter, the first serious confrontation between wolf and dog reported in the area since last winter, prompted Army officials to indefinitely close the fort north of Artillery Road in Eagle River.
The encounter took place Sunday afternoon, when two people were jogging with three dogs on Artillery Road about a half mile west of its intersection with Route Bravo. One of the dogs, described as a pointer-retriever mix, fell behind the group, said Bruce Bartley, spokesman for the Alaska Department of Fish and Game.
"The older dog kind of lagged behind, and they heard a yelp, and turned around and looked and a wolf had grabbed it," Bartley said. "So the people turned around and ran at the wolf, and he promptly drops the dog."
The gray-coated wolf, however, wasn't scared off.
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