How to Survive a Wolf Attack
Many specialists claim that the wolf is the direct ancestor of the domestic dog. Nevertheless, it seems impossible to have over 400 varieties of dogs descended from just one species.
Researchers revealed that the DNA of both the wolf and the dog are almost identical. The general pattern of dogs’ skeleton is still very similar to that of wolves regarding their anatomic construction. Thus, significant changes are in the shape of the skull and the length of the limb bones.
Breeds such as the Alaskan malamute retain a strong affinity with the wolf, concerning their facial appearance and underlying skull structure.
It is easy to see the similitudes between a dog and wolf. In some cases, the appearance of the domestic dog has diverged significantly from that of its “suspected” ancestor.
Let’s suppose you find yourself in the situation where you have to survive a severe attack from a wolf. What will you do then? How will you react?
Consider that these animals are stronger and far faster than you can imagine. Even someone familiar with wolves would be at great risk.
If you think a person could hunt a big animal without a weapon just like a wolf can do, you haven’t spent enough time in the wilderness.
However, the likelihood of being attacked by wolves is incredibly weak. Wild wolves are fearful of people and try their best to avoid them.
If you are in the enclosure of a captive wolf pack that had been habituated to people, the risk of attack is much higher than if you were in the woods.
Thus, if you are in this situation and you begin to feel “threatened”, I suggest you follow the below steps.
There are two things to consider:
- Observing a threatening situation develop,
- Things you need to do in case of an attack.
Therefore, if you’re feeling threatened by wolves:
- Don’t run. Wolves are coursing predators (they take their prey on the run).
- Don’t stare at the animals. They interpret it as a challenge or a threat.
- Do not turn your back on them. If many wolves are threatening you, some of them may try to flank you.
- Try to make yourself appear bigger than you are by raising a jacket or a blouse above your head.
- Shout at them without making yourself vulnerable.
- Throw a few stones at the animals.
- Back slowly away.
If you work in an enclosure with captive wolfs, stay with your back to the fence and move towards an exit. Be careful not to fall because it could encourage an attack.
If you’re working with captive animals, you should have a colleague or a connection nearby to help via radio. It is a vital aspect because when you need help, you need it in that second.
- Keep your emotions in check. Panicking will not help you at all, and there is a huge probability of getting killed.
- Don’t exhibit excessive fear and maintain control of yourself.
If you are in the woods, I want to add some info on how to survive this kind of attack:
- Don’t let the night catch you and get off the mountain before the sunset.
- Take a partner with you in the woods. Why? If a wolf attacks one of you, the other can stop it.
- Scream for help. Ask your buddy to save you because otherwise, you can die.
- Remember, you are in the fight of your life. Therefore, avoid being bitten.
- Even with all the layers of winter clothes, the damage of a bite is instant and severe. You immediately lost all feeling in the injured area. How to avoid such a thing? You have to struggle and fight to make the beast get tired or to get rid of the danger.
- Thus, if the wolf bites you, you might survive the ordeal if you get up on your feet each time. Keep walking no matter what and maintain a positive thinking.
The pressure of a bite can break your bones and muscles in multiple places. With all that, you can get away alive.
This information should be enough to get you out of danger. But, if you try this, and it isn’t as effective as you thought it would be, I must remind you that wild animals are unpredictable. This behavior is accentuated when they are in captivity.
Do you know any other strategies that you would apply in the case of a wolf attack? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.