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by pooch495 on 13 January 2019 - 06:01

Are European Wolves more dangerous than Canadian and American Wolf species? I feel like I've read tons of stories of them attacking not just livestock, which is to be expected, but there are also many stories of man-eating as well. Mostly from the past. However, you never hear about wolves attacking people in Canada and the US.
Koots

by Koots on 13 January 2019 - 19:01

Pooch - IMO, it is a matter of the numbers of human/wolf interactions, caused by the shrinking of wolf habitat that drives the reports of wolf attacks. Simply put, if wolves cannot avoid human interactions due to loss of habitat which results in their inability to stay away from humans (and their livestock), then you will hear about/see reports of wolf attacks. In Europe and America, it is becoming more challenging for the wolf to avoid humans, whereas in Canada there are still vast areas of land with little if no human habitation. Yet, there have been incidents of wolves attacking dogs in Canada, and I have heard first-hand accounts of this. On the other hand, there has been a documented story of wolf/dog interactions wherein the wolf made friends and played with local dogs in Alaska.

Long Beach, BC is on the west coast of Vancouver Island.  It is a popular tourist area especially in summer months:

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/wolf-euthanized-pacific-rim-1.4138469

Romeo the wolf in Alaska:

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2015/03/150322-romeo-wolf-dog-animals-wildlife-alaska-ngbooktalk/

So, I do not think you can say one geographical area has wolves that are more dangerous than another area.    Wolves generally want to avoid humans if they can, but when they cannot easily do this then interactions may cause the wolf to act in an unnatural way, making them seem more dangerous.    Also, a sick/injured/old predatory animal may 'hunt' species which are not normally their prey but are 'easy targets', humans included.

 


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by BlackMalinois on 14 January 2019 - 13:01



I only have seen pack of wolves killing dogs also that famous Kangal protection dogs in Turkey are just prey
for a pack of wolves they have killed many.

For human I don,t went any risk meeting a pack of wolves they are still predators you will never know in russia some people have been attacked by wolves.



by Rik on 15 January 2019 - 00:01

haven't heard of any wolf attacks on humans in North America. the movies portray wolves attacking like a pack of pit bulls. I really don't think this is wolf nature when it comes to humans.

Mountain lion/bear attacks seem to happen a couple of times every year.

The mountain lion attacks are always from above and behind, on hikers or bike riders in remote areas, so seem they are laying in wait for prey.

the bear attacks seem to be from surprising the bear, not stalking.

Rik

by Rik on 15 January 2019 - 11:01

ps to add to above post, google turned up several wolf attacks in N.A. over the past 100 years or so. not frequent, but most were predatory in nature, with a few being due to rabies.

in one instance, the man killed 16 wolves and they still got him, so it must have been a very large pack.


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