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Encounter Wolf

Keep Wolves Wild

Wolves generally avoid human interactions, unless they have become acclimated to people. Please do your part to keep wolves where they belong—in the wild.

  • Don’t feed the wolves. Wolves are wary of people; they can lose their fear of humans by becoming used to them.

  • Don’t feed other wildlife. Deer and small mammals can attract wolves, cougars and bears.

  • Feed pets indoors. Never leave food outside.

  • When camping, secure all food from wildlife and sleep away from cooking areas.

  • Keep dogs leashed when outdoors.

  • Steer clear of pups and any young wildlife—mother is likely nearby.

  • If you hunt with dogs, avoid known areas of wolf activity. Check for wolf tracks and sign before letting their dogs loose. 

Encountering a Wolf

In the unlikely event that a wolf threatens a human, here is what to do:

  • Stay calm.

  • Back away slowly while facing the animal.

  • Leave the wolf a way to escape.

  • Pick up small children without bending down.

  • Raise your voice and speak firmly.

  • If the wolf approaches or acts aggressively, wave your arms and make yourself look larger. Shout, make noise and throw any available objects.

  • In the unlikely event that you are attacked by a wolf, fight back. Try to remain standing and use rocks, sticks, tools, camping gear and your hands to fend off the attack. Keep the animal away from your neck and head.

Finding a Wolf Carcass

In the event you find a wolf carcass, please take the following steps.

  • Do not move or disturb any evidence.

  • If possible, cover the carcass with a secured tarp to preserve it.

  • Call USFWS or ODFW immediately. Timely investigation is necessary to confirm the cause of death.

Author: Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife

Source: http://www.dfw.state.or.us/