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Hudson bay wolves (Canis lupus hudsonicus) by joke kok

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Alawa, Rocky Mountain gray Wolf (Canis lupus occidentalis), ambassador wolf at Wolf Conservation Center by Michael

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Mexican gray wolves (Canis lupus baileyi) by Craig Salvas

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methfoxes asked:
Obviously you should avoid wolf encounters. I live in Alaska and you can go up to anyone and say "hey what about wolves". I always get different answers (one girl said run. She was joking but really, no) so I've decided to go to the expert. What do you do in case of an encounter with a single wolf and also a pair/pack of wolves? I know wolf encounters are rare in northern parts of Alaska (anchorage and northern cities) just because of the sheer size of the land but anything can happen yo

The reason why encounters with wild wolves are rare, is because wolves are extremely shy animals. Over time, wolves learned to see us as dangerous, and will avoid us at all costs. If you spot a wolf in the wild, it is most likely not aware of your presence. Most of the time they are aware of our presence first, instead of the other way around.

Thisis unlikely, but íf you would encounter a wolf in the wild that is acting agressive towards you and is not scared of encountering you, the following is best to do: don’t run or turn your back on them. Instead, stand your ground, make yourself as big and tall as possible and make as much noise as you can - scream, turn up loud music on your phone, anything. Throw stuff at them if possible. If they don’t go away, back away slowly. This goes for encountering a pack of wolves as well. If they attack and you can, climb into a tree. Otherwise curl up on the ground and cover your face and neck.

Again, the above is in the extreme and unlikely situation of wild wolves being agressive and unafraid towards humans. In most wolf encounter cases, the wolf will flee once it becomes aware of you, or will curiously observe you from a safe distance for a while, to then most likely loose interest and proceed whatever it was doing.

In case you’re in an enclosure: stand with your back to the fence, and move to the exit while keeping your back to the fence. Make sure you don’t trip.

When a human enters a place where wild wolves live who have not yet experienced encounters with humans, there is a change they will come and check you out when they have the feeling you are not a threat. In this case I mean really coming up close to sniff you and really check you out. If this ever happens to you (although this is a véry unlikely thing because as stated above, most wolves ‘know’ of humans and learned to avoid them and see them as dangerous), best thing to do is stay low to the ground and don’t make any eye contact. This makes it sound like they are very aggressive animals, but this is just purely to make sure to act in the most save way - better safe than sorry. Once they’ve discovered you are not a threat, they will most likely loose interest in you, leave you alone and no longer bother about you.

deathowler asked:
To the anon asking about observing wolves. Tell them to look up the Wolf Science Center in Austria. They take people from different fields but it can be a bit intense if you don't know the basic wolf behaviour( but a good book can teach you that). If that's too much then they can always look at Wolf Watch UK and visit there for a few days and observe the wolves there. Hope it helps and don't let one rude person keep you down

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Endangered Wolf Center: “When we set up the trail cameras, unfortunately sometimes we don’t get it at the perfect level. Here we have just the top of our male red wolf, Scout’s head. He was still very curious!”

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