A kayaker who insists on remaining anonymous, was attacked by a hungry wolf. Why remain anonymous? He says he doesn’t want the attention because he doesn’t want people to think badly of the wolf that would just as soon killed him as looked at him.
The victim was setting up camp in the Anderson Islands off northwest Aristazabal Island in British Columbia, when a hungry female wolf emerged from the brush and attacked the man. In time he was able to get the wolf in a headlock and drag himself and the wolf to his boat where he found a knife and repeatedly stabbed the animal. It ran off and was later found and killed.
James Zucchelli, a conservation officer, has verified this was a predation attack, in other words the kayaker was perceived by the wolf as a meal. Zucchelli made a statement that almost no other officials are willing to make when it comes to wolves or other large predators.
But he said the attack reinforces the fact that wolves are predators and capable of attacking humans under certain circumstances, including when they are desperate for food.
Usually the word is that wolf attacks on humans are unheard of, blah, blah, blah. We shouldn’t stop going afield but to make outdoor people more educated to the fact that under the right circumstances, animals like the wolf and bear will attack humans for food, is a good idea.
Most attacks on humans are passed off as being a case of the animals becoming accustomed to humans from feeding or that we humans leave food around that attract the animals. This was not the case here. The female wolf was emaciated and obviously hungry. As wolf populations continue to flourish in the lower United States, we should expect to hear of more human/wolf encounters simply because too many wolves and not enough food supply are a bad combination.