Pack of wolves steal 17-year-old female hunter's deer, eat it right in front of her [PHOTO]

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Jessica Saenger shot this deer, but wolves reaped the benefits. Finders keepers.
Jessica Saenger, 17, was in a deer stand near Floodwood last Saturday when a doe pranced into her field of vision. She took aim, shot what she felt was a kill shot, and watched as the deer, presumably injured, hightailed it for the woods.

After waiting in hopes the deer had indeed been shot and was bleeding out, Jessica got down from the stand. But she was in for a surprise soon after she began following the blood trail.

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"I picked up the [deer's] blood trail and all of a sudden, a wolf ran by," Saenger told the Pioneer Press. "It wasn't even 40 yards away. It scared the crap out of me."

Jessica quickly called her dad and the rest of their hunting group. After they linked up, her father said he heard a deer crying out and saw a scene creepily reminiscent of  The Grey -- four animals were gathered around the deer, including at least one wolf.

From the Pioneer Press:
Thirty minutes after getting onto the trail -- 30 minutes after seeing the first wolf -- the group came upon the deer. There were no wolves in sight, and not much deer either.

"All the meat that we could have had was gone," said Saenger, who has been hunting since age 12. "I was happy because I felt I had taken a good shot and I think the deer went down from my shot, but then I was really mad that they had taken all the meat."

Suspecting the wolves were close by, and unsure how they might react if the hunters started hauling off canis lupus' cuisine, the hunters decided to leave their kill. "They got there first, there wasn't much left and we didn't know what they had done to the meat, so we just figured we'd leave whatever was left for them."
'What they had done to the meat'? Wolves are smart animals and all, but we doubt they did more than, you know, eat it.

And even if the wolves had only nibbled and left lots of venison for Jessica, you wouldn't really want to chow down on a pack of wild animals' sloppy seconds, would you?


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21 comments
jazzbo13
jazzbo13

I wonder if she will vote Denocrat her first time?

ChandlerLincoln
ChandlerLincoln

Editorial Question- Why did the headline feel the need to specify that it was a female hunter? I doubt you would ever specify if it was a male hunter. It makes it appear you are doing it for some sort of sexist novelty factor.

David Gabriel Robinson
David Gabriel Robinson

Yay, wolves! I'd be terrified if I were in the woods while wolves were about. She's incredibly whiney ... it would be thrilling to see nature in action like that. She'll have plenty of opportunities to shoot deer, but this may be a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Andy Stealth Trattar
Andy Stealth Trattar

And this happened despite hunters killing less than the wolf quota, but more wolves than the DNR expected?! Oh yeah...they're going right back on the endangered species list! Foolish DNR acting like they know more about wild animals than every single Minneapolis dwelling citizen!

komradtombstone
komradtombstone

That's nature!  And frankly, the wolves probably needed that deer meat more than the girl and her dad did.  They can just go buy some steak at the grocery store, but the wolves ALWAYS have to hunt to survive.  Not only that, but the rest of the carcass probably helped to feed birds and other animals, so it's all good.  And if it WAS her bullet that killed the deer, she can at least feel good about lending a hand to the animals in need, and she can count her self lucky to have experienced it.  I've been wandering the woods as a hiker and camper for many years and have YET to see a wolf close up!

Patrick Stephenson
Patrick Stephenson

Jeez, did Hemingway ghost-quote for her: "All the meat that we could have had was gone," said Saenger, who has been hunting since age 12. "I was happy because I felt I had taken a good shot and I think the deer went down from my shot, but then I was really mad that they had taken all the meat."

Jerimiah Hartmann
Jerimiah Hartmann

William Davis your stupid. I do not believe this for a min this story made up . This was done by people who want hunt wolves so they made a story about a little girl who lost her deer kill ro wolves got in the media so that people will have a reason to want wolves dead. What a,bunch of ingorent ass holes

Christian Johnson
Christian Johnson

I'd love to see some wolves out in the wild do what they do, but I sure wouldn't be out there helping them

Phil Gonzales
Phil Gonzales

They seriously considered salvaging the rest of the meat? Let it go, man. It's gone.

Evelyn Blum
Evelyn Blum

its a wolf eat wolf world out there!

DKay
DKay

 @jazzbo13 If she has at least a triple-digit IQ, she will.

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