Trucker swears he saw wolf on side of Clare road

June 26, 2015

Dan Keeler‎  snapped this picture for Mike Avery’s Outdoor Magazine of two animals on US 10 just north of Clare that may or may not be a picture of two wolves.

Dan Keeler‎ snapped this picture for Mike Avery’s Outdoor Magazine of two animals on US 10 just north of Clare that may or may not be a picture of two wolves.

By Pat Maurer
Correspondent

Bob Ureche, 50, of Saginaw, a truck driver for L & B Transportation of Saginaw, is positive he spotted a wolf just north of Clare on U.S. 10.
Bob called the Review and said he is sure it was a wolf. “I’ve been in the woods since I was 12 and this wasn’t a coyote, and I’m sure it wasn’t a dog.  I’ve seen lots of coyotes. It was big as my dog, an Irish wolfhound/Airedale mix, about 105 to 115 pounds and had the classic markings – gray and white.”

He said he spotted the animal  about a mile to a mile and a half west of the US-127 and US 10 split while headed to Evart to deliver a load. “When I came around the corner it came out of the median area on the south side of the road. I saw it for about twenty seconds. I couldn’t believe what I was seeing.”

He wasn’t the only one who spotted something that could have been a wolf. Dan Keeler of Mike Avery’s Outdoor Magazine caught a picture as he was driving by. Comments following his Facebook post suggested that the “beasts” he sighted were dogs.

Brian Wolfe posted, “Feral dogs, one was hit by a car on 127 a couple miles north of us 10 within the last year, that one looked like a malamute mix. Compare the height of the dog to the reflector post, not tall enough to be a wolf. I’m not saying there aren’t wolves in the lower (I have seen a couple) but those are not wolves.
Ervin P Black said, “We have wolves here in ‘Yooper land’ and those look more like dogs to me!”

Bonnie Jean Michalski said, “Looks like a German Shepard.”
Nora Maltby disagreed, saying, “Michigan wolves! Looks pretty close to me!” She also posted a picture of a wolf which did look like one of the canines in Avery’s picture.

A call to Department of Natural Resources Wildlife Biologist Bruce Barlow in Gladwin was not returned, but DNR Forest Fire Officer Tim Speinhauer, who is based in Harrison said, “I’ve never heard of one around here.”

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