The wolf is considered the ancestor of the canine family. Due to its wild and predatory nature, it is the nightmare of those who are interested in camping and outdoor sports. Wolves living in packs are among the species that can be encountered frequently in the natural life. Wolves can be found in all regions of our country except Southeastern Anatolia and Thrace. Wolf can be confused with coyote. Especially the Golden Jackal, living in Turkey, resembles a wolf.
They live in steppe and forest areas, and roam in colonies consisting of parents and children. Many animals, from herbivorous mammals to rodents and birds, are prey for wolves.
What You Need to Know About Wolves
- Wolves are swift and agile animals. About 50/60 kilometers per hour. they can run fast. This is why you can't get away with a run DO NOT TRY!
- Wolves 2.5-3 km. They have a sense of smell from a distance. They smell their prey from this distance and find it by tracking it.
- They howl at night, this is one of the easiest ways to tell if a wolf is around.
- Gray wolf, one of the wolf species found in Turkey, has an average of 80 cm, a tail length of 30 cm, and a weight of 20-30 kg.
- They usually hunt in packs. Solitary wolves are rare.
Ways to Keep Wolves Away from the Campground…
Wolves do not like fire and smoke, they see it as a danger. If you suspect the presence of a pack of wolves around your campsite, a campfire will keep them away. If there are cubs in her flock, the mother prefers to change areas so that they are not affected by fire and smoke.
Keep out of the camp any food and drink items that will turn the campsite into an attraction for wolves, such as food, leftovers, and garbage. It is important to store food in closed boxes in your car, and to remove leftovers and garbage from the campsite immediately.
If there is a pack of wolves nearby, building a barrier around your tent with bushes, stones, pointed sticks, and whatever you can find in nature will keep you in a safer area.
When you encounter a wolf;
If you see a wolf, try to get away silently before it sees you, avoid making movements that will attract its attention and trying to be visible. Remember, wolves live in packs, if you've seen a wolf, its pack is somewhere nearby. Wolves hunt in packs, although they sometimes wander alone.
If the Wolf Sees You: Back up slowly and slowly without losing eye contact.
DO NOT STAY TO FEED! Trying to feed wolves means trying to tame them, which is very dangerous. It has been noted that wolves, which are wild in nature, attack humans the most during this approach. Giving wolves food will not make them your friend.
If the Wolf Attacks You;If you see a wolf moving towards you, it will save time to act in a way that will make the wolf perceive you as bigger/bulky, stronger and more ferocious. Shout by stepping forward, similar to a step forward attack, with short and harsh shouts you can make the wolf retreat. Maintain eye contact and never turn your back.
- Don't fight! Wolves are strong and smart, and they live by the instinct to kill. Don't fight to the point where you think you have no other choice.
- Be Cold Blooded! Wolves are intuitive animals. They can sense panic and fear, so it's important to try to stay calm. If they sense that you are afraid, then this puts your moves at risk. With fear reflection, you cannot escape or even fight for survival.
- Look Big! If he attacks, you must fight to defend yourself with sticks, stones, bear spray, or whatever weapon you have. It's important to find an easy defensive position and keep your back to a large tree or large rock, you never want the possibility of a wolf attacking you from behind.
- Don't hide! Do not try to hide or try to lie in the fetal position, neither of which will prevent a wolf's instinct to kill you at the moment of attack.
- Be on the alert! If you can survive the attack of a wolf, if it is to climb the nearest tree, get into a nearby car or building, even if it is for a short time, it will bring you to a safe spot. Don't be put off by this escape, if he's hungry enough he will return to your campsite and try his luck again.
- Stay Together! If your group and/or you have been attacked, it is important that you stay together. For the weakest link attacked, the wolf will return. This weakest link is usually children, the elderly or the sick. Do not try to divide the group. Designate a lookout and stay together until the danger has passed.
- Get Help! Small or large, if you are injured in a wolf attack, go to the nearest health institution as soon as possible and get professional help.