The Fear of Wolves – A Review of Wolf Attacks on Humans
July 2, 2019
Because of the large scales at which large carnivores live, their conservation cannot occur only within protected areas. They must therefore be conserved within multi-use landscapes where conflicts with humans occur. Conflicts are diverse and include depredation on livestock and competition for wild ungulates. However, one of the most serious is the fear of being injured or killed by a large carnivore. Man-killing by tigers, lions, leopards, pumas and bears (brown bear, black bear, polar bear and sloth bear) occurs on a regular basis with hundreds of people being killed annually on a worldwide basis. Although the danger that wolves pose to human safety remains controversial, many people that live in wolf range report that they are afraid of wolves. This report attempts to examine the existing data about wolf attacks on humans during the last few hundred years around the world.
Author(s): John D. C. Linnell, Reidar Andersen, Zanete Andersone, Linas Balciauskas, Juan Carlos Blanco, Luigi Boitani, Scott Brainerd, Urs Breitenmoser, Ilpo Kojola, Olof Liberg, Jonny Loe, Henryk Okarma, Hans C. Pedersen, Christoph Promberger, Hakan Sand, Erling J. Solberg, Harri Valdmann, Petter Wabakken