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Woman With Pet Wolf Wins Howling Contest

January 20, 1992

TRUCKEE, Calif. (AP) _ The contest was a howl and Debbie McMaster was the winner.

She earned a trip for two to Mexico for producing the best call of the wild at the third annual Yukon Jack Championship Howl-Off on Saturday.

McMaster of Truckee has a pet wolf and has practiced howling with it for years, said contest organizer Tim Beeman.

″You wouldn’t have known it was a person if you didn’t see her,″ he said. The howl lasted 30 seconds and had a lot of ″texture and tone to it.″

″She and her husband are gold miners and they communicate with each other in the outdoors by howling to let them know where they are,″ Beeman said.

Georgia Lloyd of Truckee and Alex Hurley of Tahoe City, Calif., finished second and third. There were 42 entrants.

Truckee is about 30 miles west of Reno, Nev.

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