(TacticalNews.com) – Whether it’s a camping trip, TEOTWAWKI or after SHTF, you’re more than likely going to encounter some wildlife. Most of the time these animals will be scared of you, but that’s not always going to be the case, especially with wolves. Let’s cover some techniques that could help you avoid becoming lunch.
The video above is a simple, yet effective way of tracking wolves, which can come in handy if you’re trying to avoid encountering them. You can also keep an eye out for kill sites, which wolves may come back to at a later time. Animal carcasses should be avoided when possible since wolves are also great scavengers and may be closing in; be sure to watch for crows circling, which may also be a sign of a kill site.
There are two main types of wolf attacks. In the first, the animal may be scared or attempting to protect its offspring; in this case, it’s best to appear small, be quiet and as un-intimidating as possible. In the second, an animal wishes for you to leave its territory, which is often the case with wolves. For this encounter, present yourself as large, loud and intimidating to discourage any attack. Never turn your back on a wolf, and never let them circle around you.
If attacked, don’t just let them kill you. Fight with all of your might for as long as you can. If you’ve found yourself on the ground and are being attacked, go for the animal’s throat and eyes and attempt to hold the bottom jaw while also trying to block the airway. Not only will this possibly stop the wolf from attacking, but the wolf may serve as a shield from the others.
You should never run away from a wolf, or even a dog; their natural predatory instincts will kick in, making them see you as prey. Let’s be real, you’re not outrunning them anyway. Use anything you can as a weapon, but most importantly stay calm. Wolves can literally smell fear, again making you a target.
Of course, wolves are only one of the many animals we need to be concerned with. We often forget that in the wilderness, unequipped, we’re outmatched. We recommend reading these safety tips for when you need to enter bear country. They may save your life one day.
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