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400 wolves terrorise remote Russian town

By T.K. Randall
February 8, 2011 · Comment icon 103 comments

Image Credit: CC 2.5 Malene Thyssen
A 'super pack' of 400 wolves have started hunting together due to lack of food.
Wolves who normally hunt in packs of six to seven are joining forces to hunt bigger, more threatening prey in an effort to survive. Wildlife behaviour experts believe many small packs have joined together to form one 'super pack' due to a lack of their normal diet of rabbits and other smaller animals. The size of this large pack allows them to hunt animals such as horses and could eventually lead to them attacking humans.
Stepan Rozhin, an administration official for the Verkhoyansk district in Russia, said: 'To protect the town we are creating 24 teams of armed hunters, who will patrol the neighbourhood on snowmobiles and set wolf traps. 'But we need more people. Once the daylight increases, the hunters will start shooting predators from helicopters. '

Source: Daily Mail | Comments (103)

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Comment icon #94 Posted by purplepsyche 13 years ago
I'm also one of those that don't accept this story as credible. The Alpha position in a pack this large would be almost impossible to enact or sustain, with 399 other competitors to call into line. And I've also searched for other sources to this story and all the links thus far seem to be feeding the UK Mail article from their sites. No investigative reports wherein animal biologists, for instance, have ventured to the area to study the matter. I do imagine it makes for a great incentive for those who like to hunt, to venture to the region and as such increase their economy. I'm also pro-wolf... [More]
Comment icon #95 Posted by Psukhe 13 years ago
It "has to do with it" because I've been exposed to danger that, I feel, is on equal level. Oooo, I was all warm and toasty because I was in the south, so it makes it better, right? No, it doesn't. No cold to worry about, sure, but more venomous and disease ridden bugs and animals. One risk might be lower, but the others increase proportionally. The only reason I know anything about this part of the world is because it (specifically, by name) has popped up within recent months within environmental groups that have begun researching in the area. I find it funny that this story comes out during ... [More]
Comment icon #96 Posted by theGhost_and_theDarkness 13 years ago
Your opinions although clearly erudite, are too simple & really quite naive. These people live by subsistence agriculture -- wolves that maim or eat their horses and reindeer can effect their quality of life health, and perhaps even their very survival. Simply put, People Wolves -- unless of course you are a misanthrope? Look through these pictures & compare them to your life. You also realize that you actually said that you use very little "electricity" or engage in "modern living".... ON THE INTERNET!?!?! Holy sanctimonious batman. ... [More]
Comment icon #97 Posted by jenhorror16 13 years ago
Yes Fencing is that expensive and that is not taking into account the costs of materials suited to the Siberian environment, Electric fences even more expensive will work briefly, the wolves will poke and probe and will find their way through. These "lazy land rapers" as you seem to put it (I suppose you'll throw me in with that tag)have a more intimate relationship and knowledge of the earth and nature than any eco-warrior types. And just to say most farmers care for the land and their livestock and nature and put more in than we get out of it, its quite easy for people on the outside to jump... [More]
Comment icon #98 Posted by Farmerboy 13 years ago
Did you not read the post G&D left about the environmental groups that will pay for the stuff? So. . .talking about it being expensive is using an excuse that doesn't exist. It seems to me like some people are just being a little ignorant and ignoring a few things just so they can support these people. And I have seen some of Ghosties work and I must say, she's not joking when she says she deals with a lot of dangerous situations and places. Did she not post that after me? I was responding to Set The Fallens post saying that fencing is cheap, Ive put up enough fences to know, and I'll tell... [More]
Comment icon #99 Posted by jenhorror16 13 years ago
And nature will bring them down on its own. The reason the resources are being exhausted in the first place is because of the deforestation and all in that area, even I've seen information on that problem. It's become a big deal in environmental circles. And no, the first post she did on it was on the last page or somewhere around there. It'll work itself out, and the people have the choice to let it work out on its own, with help from others. . .And it seems like people on here aren't even considering it as a possibility. And, I have to agree with some of the other posts, 400 sounds like its ... [More]
Comment icon #100 Posted by Stellar 13 years ago
If I lived there I would kill the "hunters" daring to attack the wolfs, go in their ways and go mad pretending to be a wolf and communicate with them... I already know some harsh langua in wolfish, how to say your not a danger to them. It's peoples mistake for chosing such a place to live. What the ****? Wolfish? Are you for real? I would trust my sister and brother wolf more than a human, for they are not like humans and do not lie. What brother and sister wolf?
Comment icon #101 Posted by Set the Fallen 13 years ago
I am taking this seriously, perhaps you don't appreciate that these peoples livelihoods are at stake here. Are you taking this seriously? or are you just seeing this as another injustice to the natural world? They live of their horses? In winter? And here I though they were hunters into their bones that was living of selling fur... and that those that HAVE farm animals actually have them in houses in the winter. A horse or two don't meen much truly in compare to the food source like a sheep, reindeer or even cows. In my eyes, killing for revenge a whole family, a whole pack is what I would fin... [More]
Comment icon #102 Posted by Dougal 13 years ago
They live of their horses? In winter? And here I though they were hunters into their bones that was living of selling fur... and that those that HAVE farm animals actually have them in houses in the winter. A horse or two don't meen much truly in compare to the food source like a sheep, reindeer or even cows. In my eyes, killing for revenge a whole family, a whole pack is what I would find injustice to the whole pack. If they truly are 400, killing all of them innocent or not, killing indiscrimingly is rather what I consider a evil act. If you kill innocent in a war and other brag about your k... [More]
Comment icon #103 Posted by Farmerboy 13 years ago
Barbed wire? WHO SAID ANYTHING OF SUCH A HORRIBLE THING!!! Man, your sick. Do you know how many unececary deaths such thing causes? A simple woodfence around the village, like what a forth have would suffie, they have wood all around themself, why not as well use some of it? It would maybe kill many trees, but trees can grow again. Other lifes simply die and can never come back. Anything is cheper than killing. The wolf number is a obvious fat lie, if it was true, would they not have been a larger problem long before this winter? JUST one couple in the pack are allowed to mate. The alpha male ... [More]

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