N. Idaho Woman Stares Down Wolves in Driveway

Wolf encounter report– Saturday, Nov. 27, 2010
Name: Karen Calisterio
Time: Approximately 4:35 p.m.
Place: Off Moses Mountain Road between Tensed and Plummer, Idaho
Conditions: Dusk, snowing, snow covered ground
About 4:30 p.m., I, Karen Calisterio, and my husband, Ed Calisterio, arrived home from Coeur d’Alene to find our driveway too deep in snow to drive our car in without risking getting stuck. My husband decided not to take a chance and went to a friend’s house nearby (about 3‐1/2 miles) to borrow his plow to clear the driveway. I was tired and wanted to go on home while he did this so I said I would just walk up to the house while he went to get the plow.
Our driveway is about 1/3-mile long from mailbox to house. I had walked up our driveway before and had my snow boots on and a warm coat so figured I would be fine. I was carrying my large canvas purse so checked the mailbox, put the mail in my purse and started up the driveway. I was about 1/4 of the way up the driveway when I heard my phone ringing in my purse and tried digging for it but couldn’t find it in time to answer it. From my call log on my phone that call came in at 4:33 p.m.

After standing there for a few minutes fumbling through my purse to find my phone, I saw it was a friend and figured I’d just call them back when I got to the house as it was getting dark. I decided to put my phone in my pocket so I wouldn’t have to dig for it again in case Ed needed to call me for any reason.

As I started up the driveway again, I saw, what I thought was two dogs at the crest of the driveway before it turned to go to the house. At first I thought it was my two dogs, but they seemed too big to be my dogs. I thought well maybe because I’m looking uphill at them and it’s getting dark they just look bigger.

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