Living with wolves

Living with Wolves

Tips for avoiding conflicts:
Wolves are shy and generally avoid humans. Most people will never see a wolf, let alone
have a conflict with one. Wolves can, however, lose their fear of humans through habituation and may approach camping areas, homes or humans. When this happens, there is an increased possibility for conflict between wolves and humans. Below are guidelines that you can follow to
decrease the chance of wolf habituation and conflict while living and visiting wolf country.
Living in wolf country:Do not feed wolves.
Feed all pets indoors; leave no food outdoors.
Dispose of all food and garbage in cans with
secure lids.
Do not feed wildlife: attracting any prey
animal may attract wolves.
Hang suet feeders at least 7 feet above the surface of the ground or snow.
Don’t leave pets unattended outside: dogs and cats are easy targets for wolves.
If pets must be unattended in the yard, keep them in a kennel with a secure top.
Install motion sensor lights, as they may help keep wolves away.
Camping in wolf country:
Cook, wash dishes and store food away
from sleeping areas.Pack out or dispose of garbage and leftover food properly. Watching wolves in wolf country: While seeing a wolf is a memorable experience, like any other wild animal, you should use caution when they are close. Keep the following things in mind while you are viewing them:
Do not feed wolves.
Do not entice wolves to come closer.
Do not approach wolves.
Leave room for a wolf to escape.
Do not allow a wolf to approach any
closer than 300 feet.

Aggressive or fearless wolves
in wolf country:
If a wolf acts aggressively (growls or snarls)
or fearlessly (approaches humans at a close
distance without fear) take the following actions:1
Raise your arms and wave them in the air
to make yourself look larger.
Back away slowly; do not turn your
back on the wolf.
Make noise and throw objects at the wolf.

It is important to keep wolf attacks in perspective.
There has never been a documented case of a
healthy, wild wolf killing a person in North
America. Most wolves are not dangerous to
humans and there is a greater chance of being
killed by lightning, bee sting or car collision
with a deer than being injured by a wolf.
The injuries that have occurred were caused
by a few wolves that became fearless of humans
due to habituation. Nonetheless, like bears and
cougars, wolves are instinctive predators that
should be kept wild and respected.
Suspend food, toiletries and garbage
out of reach of any wildlife.
Keep pets near you at all times.

From International Wolf Center


6 Responses

  1. Need to be updated. Kenton Carnegie and Candice Berner were both killed på wolf packs.

    • Kenton Carnegie: 2005 the coroner said Kenton Carnegie was killed by a bear, the evidence at the scene with experts examining what happened on site said the guy was killed by a bear and dragged for too long a distance for wolves to do it. The wolves then scavenged the body after death, but the local village said that they wanted the wolves blamed, not a bear.

      As for Candice Berner, The autopsy results show that the teacher was mauled by wolves most likely.

      the point still being more people are killed each year by domesticated animals.

  2. All wrong. Three renowned scientists viewed the tracks and all come to the same conclusion. Carnegie was killed by a pack of wolves. The only one who tried to blame a bear was Paul Paquet. A jury scrutinized the evidense and the conclusion was a wolf pack. The bears had gone into hibernation weeks before. There were no bear tracks but plenty of wolf tracks. The tracks showed the whole sequence from the first attack to the eating of the body.

    • well thanks Calle Seleborg, I did do a search and read about Kenton Carnegie’s Death by Wolves by Valerius Geist, PhD, P. Biol.and it seems you are right, but again by the sounds of it, this death could have been averted if the wolves were put down, (IM all for putting down Habituated animals.) as they were dump wolves ( no Fences to keep out wild life) and became habituated to humans.

      thanks again…for posting

  3. Thats all right.
    Any wolf close to settlements should be shot. And people should not believe that wolves are harmless. Kenton went out for a solitary afternoon walk shortly after two wolves had challenged some people.
    Petersen , Isle Royal, said.
    “Wolves are marvelous creatures. They belong in the wilderness. The worst we can do to them is to make them used to people.”

  4. there is evidence that the wolves had been fed by people for years before this happened.

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