Fort Rich training area closed after wolf attacks dog

Posted: Tuesday, April 28, 2009

ANCHORAGE - Officials have closed off a part of Fort Richardson to recreational use after a wolf attacked a dog.

Bruce Bartley, a spokesman for the state Department of Fish and Game, said the dog was with two joggers and two other dogs Sunday. But it was lagging behind the others, and the joggers heard a yelp.

They turned around and saw the wolf trying to carry the dog off. They ran toward the wolf, which dropped the uninjured dog but didn't leave. Barley said it instead followed them for a few miles but didn't make another aggressive move.

The Army has closed all training areas north of Artillery Road to recreation.

There are no plans to kill the wolf.

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