Is This Story Just Up a Tree?

Is This Story Just Up a Tree?



Almonte Gazette April 20, 1950

The Smiths Falls Record-News had a story in its issue last week about a man who visited his cottage at Bass Lake and was chased up a tree by a wolf. He described his plight in great detail stating that the “wolf” just wrinkled its nose and looked mean. The writer knows Bass Lake fairly well and must admit he never saw a wolf In that vicinity though he recalls being chased by a big, mean looking police dog. Could this have been the wolf?


Anyway, here is the Smiths Falls man’s account of his adventure: “The wolf wasn’t at the door, but it was close enough as far as Cliff. Wride, of 59 Abel Street, was concerned last week. Mr. Wride was strolling near his cottage at Bass Lake (midway between Lombardy and Rideau Ferry) when he spotted what looked like a dog loping across an open field towards him. He took a second look and decided it was a wolf.


Unarmed, Mr. Wride scrambled up a nearby ironwood tree. Foiled, the wolf circled the base of the tree for ten minutes. “He didn’t make a sound,” Mr. Wride said, “just crinkled his nose and looked nasty.” Apparently tired of waiting, the wolf ran off, but no sooner had Mr. Wride descended from his perch than he spotted the animal crawling stealthily back to the tree on its stomach.

In a trice Mr. Wride was back at one end of the ironwood, the wolf at the other. The wolf scurried off again but again circled back. The harried cottager shouted and the surprised animal scurried away. On his second descent, Mr. Wride armed himself with a fence rail, but even a later search with a shot-gun failed to uncover the beast.


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Before she laid her fingers to a keyboard, Linda was a fashion designer, and then owned the eclectic store Flash Cadilac and Savannah Devilles in Ottawa on Rideau Street from 1976-1996. She also did clothing for various media and worked on “You Can’t do that on Television”. After writing for years about things that she cared about or pissed her off on American media she finally found her calling. She is a weekly columnist for the Sherbrooke Record and documents history every single day and has over 6500 blogs about Lanark County and Ottawa and an enormous weekly readership. Linda has published six books and is in her 4th year as a town councillor for Carleton Place. She believes in community and promoting business owners because she believes she can, so she does.

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