Sustainable Society: A society that balances the environment, other life forms, and human interactions over an indefinite time period.
Wolves & Humans
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.
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. Wolves are generally not dangerous or a threat to humans. There is a greater chance of being killed by lightning, bee sting or car collision with a deer than being injured by a wolf. Domestic pet dogs are a different matter.
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 (and possibly feral dogs) are instinctive predators that should be kept wild and respected.
Below are guidelines that should be follow to reduce the chance of wolf habituation and conflict while living and visiting 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:
If a wolf acts aggressively (growls or snarls) or fearlessly (approaches humans at a close distance without fear) take the following actions:
Raising livestock in wolf country:
A general brochure on wolf depredation on livestock can be obtained from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources by e-mail <firstname.lastname@example.org>. Request publication number ER-103-00.
(—Please call only to report fearless or aggressive wolves):
Western Upper Peninsula.............906-875-6622
Eastern Upper Peninsula..............906-293-5131
* Adapted from a brochure of the same name prepared by the International Wolf Center.
1396 Highway 169
Ely, MN 55731
See at < www.wolf.org >.
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