Wolves

Avoiding Conflicts with Wolves

 

  • Wolves do not normally attack humans, but they may attack if they feel threatened or if they are sick or injured.   If you see a wolf, do not approach it.  
  • DO NOT FEED DEER AND OTHER WILD ANIMALS.  Feeding deer and other wildlife can create an unnatural concentration of animals that wolves prey on and may therefore attract wolves.
  • Wolves may perceive dogs as competitors and may attack to remove a perceived threat or competitor.  Keep a close eye on your pets while you're camping, hunting or recreating in wolf country. 
  • Be careful chaining pets in wolf country.  Dogs or livestock that are tethered can not escape or defend themselves against wolves.  Enclosed dog runs can help keep your pets safe in wild areas.
  • If you keep livestock in wolf country, electric fencing around sheep bedding areas, calving grounds, livestock pens, etc. can deter wolves from these areas.  Electric fencing has proven to be effective in deterring wolves from llamas and other livestock in Montana and Wyoming.
  • You may also consider using a group of livestock guard dogs to help guard flocks of sheep and other livestock.
  • If you have a wolf or wolf pack frequenting your property, contact the local Fish and Game Department so they can monitor the animals' locations.

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