What to do if you encounter a pack of wolves during your outdoor adventures
By angelamontana

Posted: March 3, 2022

Emily Kantner with Wide Open Spaces posted an article last year that discusses what to do if you cross paths with a pack of wolves while you’re out and about adventuring in the backcountry.

Are the following guidelines something you would follow?

If you happen upon one of these large predators, here’s how to survive a wolf encounter:

  • Keep domestic dogs on their leashes and do not let your pets get between you and the wolf or pack of wolves.

  • Keep in mind wolf attacks are often triggered by depleted food supply, and humans could be viewed as a food source.

  • Even if you’re scared, try your best to stay calm and don’t run away. Wolves could begin to chase in this situation.

  • Stand up tall and make yourself look as big and intimidating as possible. Don’t bend over or cower.

  • Slowly back up while maintaining eye contact – particularly with the alpha wolf when you’re dealing with a whole wolf pack. Never turn your back on these canids.

  • If the wolves appear aggressive and do not back down, begin throwing rocks, sticks, and any other objects you can grab in the direction of the wolves. If the alpha backs down, the rest of the pack should too.

  • If this doesn’t work and the wolves attack, fight for your life. Cover your head and neck as best you can until they relent.

Read the full article here.

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