In the white outline box, in the photo on the right, is a plaque that was added to the historical den site where Israel Putnam killed the last wild wolf in Connecticut. What is written on the plaque is as follows:
PUTNAM and THE WOLF
FOLLOWING HER TRACKS THROUGH ONE DAY AND NIGHT IN THE EARLY SNOW OF DECEMBER 1742 TO THE CONNECTICUT RIVER AND BACK, THE EARLY SETTLERS OF THIS REGION HERE DISCOVERED THE DEN OF THE SHE WOLF THAT HAD FOR YEARS DEVASTED THEIR FLOCKS AND HAD SO FAR ELUDED ALL ATTEMPTS AT CAPTURE AFTER ALL OTHER METHODS HAD FAILED. WHEN BOTH SERVANT AND DOG HELD BACK. ISRAEL PUTNAM, OF WHOSE SHEEP HAD BEEN SLAUGHTERED, AT 10 O'CLOCK AT NIGHT, WITH A ROPE TIED TO HIS FEET, FIRST WITH A TORCH, AGAIN WITH A MUSKET, ENTERED THIS CAVE, AND BY THE LIGHT OF HER ANGRY EYES, SHOT AND KILLED THE MARAUDER, AND ENTERING - A THIRD TIME, DRAGGED FORTH THE BODY OF THE LAST WOLF IN CONNECTICUT.
THIS TABLET IS PRESENTED TO THE ELIZABETH-PORTER PUTNAM CHAPTER OF THE DAUGHTERS OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION, BY COLONEL DANIEL PUTNAM ASSOCIATION INC., AND THEIR FRIENDS TO PRESERVE THE MEMORY OF AN ACT OF COURAGE AND OF PUBLIC SERVICE BY A YOUNG FARMER, WHO WAS IN LATER YEARS TO WIN FAME AS A WISE LEADER, A BRAVE FIGHTER, AND A NATIONAL HERO.
"HE DARED TO LEAD
WHERE OTHERS DARED
Israel Putnam went on to become a piece of Americana as an American army general who fought with distinction at the Battle of Bunker Hill during the American Revolutionary War. Although Putnam never quite attained the national renown of more famous heroes such as Davy Crockett or Daniel Boone, in his own time his reckless courage and fighting spirit were known far beyond Connecticut's borders through the circulation of folk legends celebrating his exploits. Putnam died at the age of 72 On May 29, 1790 in Brooklyn, Connecticut.
Today there are many places named after Israel Putnam. Eight Putnam Counties, including Putnam County, New York, which embraces the east bank of the Hudson Highlands he once held command over.
Putnam's Wolf Den is now a historic site off Wolf Den Road in Pomfret, Connecticut. The site is maintained as a state park and was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1985.
Only miles north of his monument in Brooklyn, CT, is the town and city of Putnam, named after this famous hero.
One has to wonder if the Wolf Den story and Putnams colorful life may have played a part in the harsh persecution of wolves
in America. After all everybody wants to be a hero and you dont have to be brave to kill a wolf.