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"Hmm....there are tons of researchers who get paid to observe said behavior that completely disagree. If this does turn out to be true it'll be the first documented case of a healthy wolf attack on a human that was unprovoked. Over hundreds of years. It also goes against their typical predatory behavior of attacking only weak or old prey that won't put up much of a fight."
“On December 31, 2004 near Cameco’s Key Lake Mine in northern Saskatchewan, 55 year old miner Fred Desjarlais went for a jog on a bush road. He was confronted by a snarling wolf, which he attempted to drive off by shouting and standing his ground. The wolf lunged at him and repeatedly bit his right arm and torso… A necropsy showed that the suspect animal was apparently healthy, and had no sign of the rabies virus in its brain.”
“Despite the alleged warnings, on November 5 at roughly 15:30, Carnegie went for a walk alone, stating that he would return by 17:00. At 19:00, he had not returned… Carnegie had walked from the camp and by the time he was a kilometre away near a frozen lake, a wolf began following his tracks. Boot prints in the snow showed that Carnegie quickened his pace, as two more wolves approached him from the sides. The first apparent struggle occurred 2.2 metres (7 ft) from where the chase began. Four more scuffle sites were found leading to where his body was discovered. Tsannie-Burseth believed that Carnegie probably fought hard before finally succumbing.”
“On November 4, 2005,… Whilst passing through a forested area, the two were approached by a dark wolf only a few hundred metres from the camp compound. The two men attempted to walk back to the camp, but the wolf walked directly up to Svarckopf, who yelled at it. The animal retreated a few steps, but pressed forward as the men walked away, closely followed by a lighter coloured wolf. The dark wolf moved directly toward Chris, and did not retreat when he yelled at it. When Svarckopf turned around to face Van Galder, the lighter coloured wolf advanced toward his back, retreating only when Svarckopf turned to face it. The two armed themselves with spruce sticks, and kept the wolves at bay with swinging motions. The two men moved toward the edge of the brush line along the runway, with the wolves following, but keeping out of reach of the sticks. The wolves positioned themselves between the men and the runway, in what was described as an apparent attempt to herd them back into the heavier cover. The two men moved out of the forest and onto an open runway, with the wolves still following them as they headed back to camp. The wolves were kept at bay with the sticks, and only left when the two arrived at the camp compound. Several photos were taken by Van Galder near the end of the encounter. The entire incident lasted 10–15 minutes.”
“Often the contact is because the person is walking their pet dog, and the wolf pack considers the dog a prey item, inciting an attack… wolf biologist Mark McNay compiled 80 recent events in Alaska and Canada where wolves closely approached or attacked people”
“In France alone, historical records indicate that between the years 1580-1830, 3,069 people were killed by wolves… In Imperial Russia, a document was produced stating that 161 people had been killed by wolves in 1871…
“During a 2-year period (1996–1997) in Uttar Pradesh, wolves killed or seriously injured 74 humans, mostly children under the age of 10. During (1878) a one year period 624 people were killed by man-eating wolves “
This is a list of known fatal wolf attacks worldwide by century in reverse chronological order.
Security guard, Vladimir Paschkov, 40 6:00 AM, February 18, 2009 Village of Siklyatz Duvanskogo, Urals. Paschkov was surprised by the wolf on a haystack in a dairy farm and attacked. Three women and another man rushed in with pitchforks and a shovel, and all were injured by the wolf. Paschkov bled to death, while the others were treated for injuries in hospital.
Woman February 10, 2009 Village of Giorgitsminda, about 40 kilometres from Tbilisi, Georgia.
10-year old boy January 10, 2009 Village of Zavod-Kyn in the administrative district of Lysjvensk in Perm region, Russia.
8-year old boy April 6, 2006 Nakhodka, Eastern Russia. Two eight-year-old boys had approached the wolf enclosure in the Nakhodka Zoo, with one boy stretching out his hand to stroke the animals. One wolf bit the boy, and another seized hold of his leg. Although the child escaped, he died early the next morning.
Kenton Joel Carnegie, 22, male November 8, 2005 Prince Albert, Saskatchewan. Carnegie had gone for a walk and didn't return to the surveyors' camp where he was working. His body was found partially consumed in an area known to be frequented by four wolves. The pathologist who performed the autopsy, testified Carnegie had lost about 25% to 30% of his body mass in the attack, with the top midsection to the thigh having been partially consumed.Although originally the possibility that the culprit was an American Black Bear was not ruled out, a coroners' jury concluded after a two year inquiry that the attackers had indeed been wolves.
Two people 2005 Khost province, Afghanistan. Occurred during what was considered the worst Afghan Winter in over a decade.
Four people 2005 Naka, Paktia province, Afghanistan. Two victims were killed during trips to other villages.
Two people Early February, 2005 Muinak district, western Uzbekistan.
Homeless man January 2, 2005 Village of Vali-Asr, near the town of Torbat Heydariya, northeastern Iran. Wolves entering the village seeking refuge from harsh weather attacked an elderly homeless man in front of witnesses. Those witnessing the incident attempted to fight off the wolves, while waiting for police assistance. Police intervention never came, and the victim died.
Three people Winter, 2003 Astrakhan Oblast, Russia.
Three shepherds Winter, 2003 Sredneakhtubinsk district, Russia."