Skip to comments.Call of the wild: Amazing reaction of wolves who come running when woman who befriended them in wood
Posted on 03/29/2012 3:12:16 PM PDT by Nachum
They are related to the domestic dog, which many of us live with side-by-side each day.
But despite their friendly relations, wolves are not known for getting on quite so well with humans.
Often living in the wilderness, they are fearsome predators which can bring down animals twice their size.
But as these incredible images show, they clearly have a softer side.
When a woman - known only as Anita - returned to the pack of wolves which she had socialised with for two years they reacted with sheer delight.
As she sat in the snow, the four wolves raced down a hillside towards her - something which would normally strike terror in any human being.
But rather than looking for something to eat, the wolves simply wanted to be reunited with the woman they obviously adore.
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Reminds me of that jack-wipe who used to mess around with bears until one ate him.
definitely a babe
well, she will be... until the wolves get a bit more hungry
just doesn’t seem smart to me (kept thinking of the monkey woman as i watched that video)
If that was the actual wild, those wolves would likely not be near those people....unless there's no deer or caribou. Then you don't want to see them. AWOOOOOOOOOOOO.
Any animal that can take down a moose I respect.
Packs of feral dogs are far more dangerous to humans than most wolf packs.
Remember wolves became our domestic dog through selection. The ones who tended not to eat the children were permitted to stay around. Of course there were the cultures who ate the wolves, but that’s another story.
As long as both sides remember who they are, everything will be fine. When either side crosses the line a little too much, it will probably be bad for the wolves. The babe is supposed to be smart enough to be more than a wolf,eh.
At least this was at a zoo in Norway. I still don't condone it. I wouldn't want to see a pretty lady get eaten like that.
There was some great dominance-submission action there at the end once they got over greeting the woman.
Yes, that was his name, Timothy Treadwell, whose last words, sadly, were “HIT IT WITH THE FRYING PA”.
Well, for the moment, they loved her for who she was and not for her body. Something to be said for THAT!
I agree, but I wouldn't want to tangle with either pack. Wolves are less dangerous only because they avoid people just as much as people avoid them. Even it's close cousin the coyote moves very well without being seen despite being everywhere. I hear them often at night, but rarely see one. Wolves are in my state too, but only in the Upper Peninsula. I've never seen one. Dogs usually don't have a fear of people.
Wow, that’s amazing to watch, they acted just like happy dogs. It was interesting to watch the little bit of ‘rivalry’ going on to the right of her.
If you check the ear and tail positions, the two more dominant wolves are asserting themselves over the subordinates.
It would seem wolves have the same trait as their canine cousins. If you want to know what’s on their mind,check out the tail.
We Alaskans refer to him as Timothy Snackwell.
Anytime wild critters become habituated to humans it usualy ends badly for them, unless they’re in a zoo.
I lurked here for years before I posted, and I remember there was a female Freeper who kept two wolves at home....I think she had raised them from cubs. She had a picture of them on her profile. I wish I could remember her FR name.
Any time she wants to test the theory that they are wild or tame, she can try stumbling and falling down prone in front of them. If she’s still there after two minutes, they are tame.
There is a little-known phenomenon called "instinctive drift," which means that over time instinctive patterns will come to override even well-learned but more superficial behavior patterns. This woman could be in for a very rude surprise some day when she least expects it.
WARNING - Violent Video!
I remember seeing a National Geographic special on dogs which was quite interesting. part of it involved discussing an ongoing experiment carried out with generations of foxes in Siberia. These foxes were housed in kennels and with each new generation, one group was selected for breeding where the puppies were more comfortable around humans. Another group was selected randomly for breeding. Within about 20 years, the group which had been selected for several generations to be comfortable with people exhibited amazing dog-like behavior. Not only that, the foxes began to take on more dog-like appearance; floppy ears, mottled coats, etc. Pretty interesting to see how quickly these animals could be domesticated.
Film of wolf mauling at 11:00.
Waiting until they come running when the dinner bell is ringing.
It didn’t even badly for the Dutchers.
“She had a picture of them on her profile.”
Used Bing to search FR for “my wolves” and found this...
Shyla—that’s her! Thank you.
Filmmaker John Varty, so famed for his daring close-ups of big cats that he's been called "Tiger Man of Africa" and titled his autobiography "Nine Lives," was brutally mauled by a tiger at his own Tiger Canyons reserve.
When wolves get hungry they eat each other. According to Dr. L. David Mech, 60% of the wolf deaths in Denali National Park are due to cannibalism. There are cases in which wolves have extirpated themselves.
The other remaining major wolf control is rabies.
Not necessarily true. NatGeo had a wonderful special about the return to wolves out west, and a man and woman were with the pack for over a year. They returned over a year after leaving, and were greeted in the exact same manner as the lady in this video. The wolves even howled with excitement.
All animals have a capacity to accept other creatures into their pecking order. As part of being accepted into a pecking order testing will come. How will she react to it when a wolf tries to kill her to take her place? As the last dog in the pecking order, will she bring in the food and wait until last to eat? Try stopping this routine and see what happens.
I dunno. Some think those might have wolfie kisses, I think they were marinating her...
until they eat her of course
My thoughts exactly. Animal can be domesticated, tame, or habituated. Only domesticated predators are “safe” for humans to be around and the process takes many generations of selective breeding. Tame animals can be docile for years but their wild instincts can re-assert themselves at any moment without warning (ask all the victims of tame chimp attacks) and animals like these wolves that have merely become habituated to the presence of a human, and don’t accept her as a dominant pack member? A tragedy waiting to happen
had a friend who lived in the “Uptown” neighborhood in Chicago (just down the street from Al Capone’s famous bar, “the Green Mill”) his 3 flat was smack dab in the most urban part of Chicago, but it overlooked a graveyard, and on moonlight nights you could easily see the thriving pack of coyotes that graveyard hosted. It was easily a dozen +
Oh my gosh Catherine!! My heart just skipped a few beats because I was startled when I read your comment. I almost posted your EXACT words earlier on this thread. I remember exactly what you do and couldn’t remember the Freepers name either.
I remember that she and I even talked about her ‘wolf-dogs’ at one point. Maybe someone will see our posts and remember. Thanks for posting this.
Just saw deks post about Shyla! So glad someone remembered and I see her page still has the pictures. Thanks to both of you.
If she really cared about the wolves she wouldn’t have socialized with them and made them comfortable around humans which are their biggest threat in nature. Everyone wants to feel special and unique I guess. Even if it means putting animals (and their own well being), at risk.
Another libtard who thinks everyone should think like him.
Wolves are very much like us - some of them decided to stick around and become dogs. Like us - those of us who are still really like our ancestors, they are great hunters and social animals/
I think its kind of moving.
Wolves are neither monkeys nor bears. They can be tamed but not domesticated - unless one wants to wait several hundred generations.
A wolf is an undomesticated dog.
And the wee-wee spots. LOL 1 in front of her (submission display? or just incidental leaking being full during excitement?) and another where the 1 wolf had the other in a roll.
Sorry, 90% of all statistics are fabricated to make the statement look smart. It sounds bad out of context, but starvation is a function of the available range carrying capacity.
It’s kind of like the biggest danger to the black bear population is black bears. Of course, there is some validity in that because the carrying capacity of the range is limited. Wolf is not the preferred diet of the wolf.
On the other hand there are strong arguments that man killing man is the most natural behavior.
That surprises me, even if it’s at Yellowstone, and especially if it isn’t. Wolves are similar in some ways to “wild Malamutes” (and the same size) so I guess its possible with some of them to be like that. I expect wolves to sense people and get out of the area even before people would notice they are there. Personally, I’d love to see a wolf from a distance. I’d watch it, leave it alone, respect it, and avoid a close encounter that can harm either of us. Hopefully I can get to Isle Royale in a couple of years and catch them and the moose.
Not really. You can’t socialize with a bear the same as a pack of wolves. Bears are solitary mostly and they can’t grow up with you in a pack as there are no bear packs. Anything else that is a pack animal it can be possible. Geese, wild turkeys, etc can all accept a person to a degree as one of their own.
I don’t see them at my place, but I sometimes hear them. “Yelp, yelp, yelp, yelp.”
Wild turkeys run when they see me. For some reason, they don’t want to be the next family Thanksgiving meal.
It sounds bad out of context, but starvation is a function of the available range carrying capacity.
That is an oversimplification to the point of uselessness. Wolves do kill for sport. They do kill each other for territorial reasons. Yet territorial conflict rises when food becomes more scarce. So you can take your BS up with Mech because he's the top wolf biologist in the country. The Coronation Island experiment showed that wolves will eat the last breeding female when they have depleted the land of game. Without a predator of wolves or virtually unlimited territory, that's what they do.
Wolf is not the preferred diet of the wolf.
Correct. However, when the "preferred diet" is depleted they do eat each other, especially because they grow in population by some 25-35% per year without external regulation. Here in the US the higher number is the rule because 75% of what they eat, by weight, is cattle. As long as that is the case, there will be sufficient wolves to extirpate some of their prey species (it's called a "predator pit," in a multi-prey environment, so I suggest you Google some of Tom Bergerud's papers and read them). In some cases it means that certain species may become endangered, which is where we are getting with caribou. The main reason in Alaska is that the Park Service will not budge from its idiotic "natural regulation" policy and has therefore excluded from the system its apex predator for the last 10,000 years: The American Indian.
On the other hand there are strong arguments that man killing man is the most natural behavior.
You clearly don't get it about what happens when you presume that nature is self-regulating on a continent shaped by humans. Canis lupis followed the bison across the Bering land bridge, its predecessor (Canis dirus) having been extirpated by man. There are some very interesting palynological arguments suggesting the bison had to have been driven, the straits at that time lacked sufficient food for them to cross on their own. It is not known whether the wolf was desired or reviled at that time, but they sure did make good fur coats.
Go back to the Farly Mowat School of wildlife biology where you belong. You do know that he made up the whole story in Never Cry Wolf, don't you?
Isn’t that amazing? She obviously made an impression. I’m glad Deks found her.
I’m surprised it took that many paragraphs to prove my argument.
Yes, she was remembered and in all fairness we should ping her to this thread as she would probably enjoy it. Hope so anyway!