Idaho Falls woman uses bear spray to protect pets from wolves
By angelamontana

Posted: September 1, 2021

Just when you think grizzly bears are the main animal to be concerned with while you’re out in the mountains…

Depending on the traffic, you can be at the trailhead in about 35 minutes from Idaho Falls.

Stephanie Liddle was taking her three dogs on their weekly outdoor hike up the popular Sidewinder Trail from the Stinking Springs trailhead on Thursday just east of Heise Hot Springs resort. She had gone about 2 miles or so, listening to some Van Halen on her phone and paying close attention to where she stepped. Then she heard some odd barking.

She looked up to see a wolf charging toward her dogs, in particular, her adventurous springer named Jax farther up the trail. She looked around and saw two more wolves behind her. Her dogs had the wolves’ complete attention.

“It was just very terrifying,” Liddle said. “I never want that experience again.”

Liddle, who stands 5 feet 2 inches and weighs about 109 pounds, estimated the most aggressive wolf to be about 130 to 140 pounds.

Read the full article on the Post Register website by Jerry Painter HERE.

(feature photo courtesy of Stephanie Liddle)