Superpack of 400 ravenous wolves terrorize Russian village

February 9, 2011RUSSIA – A ‘super pack’ of wolves have been terrifying a Russian town after leaving more than 30 horses dead in just four days. Four hundred bloodthirsty wolves have been spotted prowling around the edges of Verkhoyansk, in Russia, attacking livestock at will. Twenty four teams of hunters have been put together to get rid of the wolves, with a bounty of £210 for every wolf skin brought to officials. 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 neighborhood on snowmobiles and set wolf traps. ‘A pack of wolves this size is unheard of, with the animals usually preferring to hunt in smaller groups of just six or seven. The massive group is believed to be made from hundreds of packs and has left animal experts baffled. Dr Valerius Geist, a wildlife behavior expert, said the harsh Siberian winter – where temperatures plummet to minus 49C – had killed off the animal’s usual prey. He said: ‘It is unusual for wolves to gather in such numbers to hunt large animal like horses. ‘However, the population of their usual prey, rabbits, has decreased this year due to lack of food, so wolves have had to change their habits. ‘Wolves are very careful to choose the most nutritious food source easiest obtained without danger – which in this case happens to be horses. ‘They will start tackling dangerous prey when they run out of non-dangerous prey.’ Villagers have already managed to snare a number of the animals but the pack is so sizeable that is likely to take some time to deal with. –Daily Mail
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5 Responses to Superpack of 400 ravenous wolves terrorize Russian village

  1. diana marks says:

    I say it is a migration due to the magnetic pole shift towards Russia and that they should see where they are headed instead of trying to wipe them out.

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    • Jamie says:

      You make a salient point, Diana, and I am wondering why these ‘experts’ are not thinking along the same lines. If it is common knowledge that wolves do not hunt in such massive numbers then I think ( what with all of the whale beachings, bird and fish die offs, colony collapses of differing species ) that it would behoove these experts to observe them, as you suggest, rather than exterminate them. The article states that the smaller animals have died due to the cold temperatures ( just like they are saying about the fish die offs in Michigan ) forcing the wolves to hunt larger animals, yet, I find that so difficult to believe. More to come, I am sure, that will leave us at a loss for words.

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    • jfairlie says:

      wolves don’t migrate, they have a regular territory they protect, where they hunt and breed.

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    • kimberlee says:

      brilliant insight.

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  2. Tim Jephcott says:

    Its possible they have reverted to a “group” consciousness, a response to the changes going on. It would be far more productive to monitor their behaviour and learn from it. Are their leaders? One leader? Have they a defined territory? What (if any) abnormal behaviours are they displaying, apart from “safety in numbers”?

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