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      Residents react to wolf attacks

      Wallace Koski lives on a shrubby piece of land just off the highway in Atlantic Mine. He is a sportsman and loves to take his dogs rabbit hunting.

      Lately he hasnâ??t been able to take his dogs out for fear theyâ??ll be attacked by a wolf.

      â??I had them come right behind the dogs within 30 feet,â?? said Koski. â??I got to come out at nighttime and shoot with a 40-calibur glock at three in the morning. Theyâ??re yipping and nipping.â??

      The DNR says they plan to take more lethal action in controlling the wolves in Atlantic Mine.

      â??We are actively out there now trying to trap these animals and hopefully be able to remove them and stop this problem,â?? said Brian Roell, wildlife biologist with the DNR.

      Both of the landowners whose dogs were attacked have been given 30-day permits to shoot and kill. Roell said permits are given after an attack has been assessed and the landowner requests one.

      â??Itâ??s based on the incidents,â?? Roell explained. â??We deal with those on a case-by-case scenario. We look at whatâ??s going to be most effective for the landowners; is there another problem that could occur?â??

      Koski said heâ??s seen wolves on his property for years, and some of them are so brave they come right up to his house. He said when the time comes to take action, heâ??s not waiting for permission.

      â??If theyâ??re in my yard, theyâ??re after my animals, Iâ??m going to shoot them,â?? Koski said.

      Residents worry a child could be the next victim.

      Koski said the wolves are out of control and has no fear of pulling the trigger.

      â??Theyâ??re nuisance,â?? Koski said. â??Theyâ??re coming in my backyard, theyâ??re over here. I mean, you canâ??t have them around here.â??