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Mike's wolf day for Swedish tv
« on: May 15, 2007, 10:29 AM »
I'm posting some pic's of Mike's excursion yesterday, with a Swedish reporter and a Scottish cameraman based in Madrid, to El Valle de La Lechada in the Cordillera Cantábrica. They didn't see any wolves (unlikely but worth a try) though came across this kill of a red deer/ciervo and saw wolf tracks.
The first photo was taken on the way towards the top of the San Glorio pass.
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Mike's wolf day for Swedish tv
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Re: Mike's wolf day for Swedish tv
« Reply #1 on: May 15, 2007, 12:31 PM »
Greetings Lisa,
Thanx for those pics!
Is it just me, or is that paw print like really fresh? When I opened the kill shot, I thought it remarkably colourful, i.e. fresh, though I can't get much detail out of it. But when I got round to the paw, it looks like it was placed there recently. Were the tracks left by a loner or was it a pack?
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Re: Mike's wolf day for Swedish tv
« Reply #2 on: May 15, 2007, 16:26 PM »
Right, I've got the whole story now between disappearing to bed feeling ill. (It's alright, I've got some more tablets today.)
The three intrepid explorers went first to the hotel bar in Llánaves to get some local opinion on the wolves. While speaking to the owner a warden/guardamontes walked in with a rifle. Hoping for some good reportage they quickly thanked their previous interviewee and spoke to the man in green. He told them there had been a kill in the valley and they all headed towards it. The (half) deer was found in a stream close to the road and obviously very fresh - the day before at the latest. Mike saw 2 scats and only a couple of prints/tracks/huellas so reckons that there were only a couple of wolves which couldn't drag their kill out of the water and were probably scared off by a vehicle on the track (permission of use restricted to farmers and wardens.) The wardens (2) roped the carcass to their 4x4 and pulled it up on to the track, where Mike took his photos. It was then dragged further up the track and pushed down the hill to, hopefully, be finished off.
Opinions -
The wardens "everyone around here is fed up with the wolves."
The hotel owner "the wolves are O.K. They do a good job of dealing with the weaker animals." (Probably a hunter.)

And I made a ****, it's the Valle de Naranco.
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Re: Mike's wolf day for Swedish tv
« Reply #3 on: May 15, 2007, 23:09 PM »
Hi Lisa,

I was contacted last week by Swedish TV (must be the same people?) to do something similar in the Sierra de la Culebra. It wasn't worth me going for a day and I didn't know anybody who could - of course I didn't think of you.

Whatever the case, I'm sure we wouldn't have come across a dead deer so I'm glad you did it.

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Re: Mike's wolf day for Swedish tv
« Reply #4 on: May 16, 2007, 07:14 AM »
Hi Nick, yes, same people.  I passed them on to you before discovering that they only had one day free after a conference in Bilbao. Apparently there's a debate raging up in that country with their own wolf population on the increase (though it's only a tenth of the size of the Iberian) and Patrik wanted to get a Spanish angle on the subject. All in all they were v. lucky. Hope to find out if anything comes of it.
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« Reply #5 on: May 16, 2007, 10:58 AM »
Well thanks for passing them on anyway

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