Not sure if this is the place to post this, but I'm wondering if anyone else has concerns about hiking/walking with their dog and how to deal with wolves as a problem. I live in Northern Minnesota just outside of Duluth. We have numerous wolves that habitat in our area - in the last few months I've seen a very large male numerous times and my neighbor has had the male and his mate in her back yard stalking her dog's kennel on two occasions. Being that wolves are an endangered species, we're told that unless they are attacking a human, there is nothing we can do about them attacking our animals - including our dogs. It makes me very cautious about hiking with my dog. I have a GSD and hiking is our thing, but the wolf thing has totally changed what I am comfortable doing. We had an incident this year where a man was walking in town in a wooded area and his lab was attacked by a wolf and his mate right in front of him! Do any of you have to deal with this type of thing and if so, what are you doing to protect yourselves? I always carry my gun when we're walking, but apparently I'll be in big trouble if I use it to protect my dog if he's attacked. Any ideas?