The Missoulian, June 20, 1916

Wolves in Korea Killed 113 People and 2,000 Animals

Seoul, Korea, June 20. – Accustomed as Koreans are to the attacks of wild animals in the mountains, they have been astonished to learn that during the last year 120 people were killed by beasts and that over 3,000 domestic animals were either killed or injured. This havoc was wrought by tigers, leopards, bears and Korean wolves, but it was the wolf, according to official statistics, that did the greatest amount of harm. It is estimated that these ferocious creatures slew 113 persons and injured 50, besides killing or injuring 517 cattle and 1,519 other domestic animals.

The Korean wolf, which is locally known as the neuktai is a powerful animal of the canine species, a little larger, but longer and thinner than the native Korean dog. In color it is brown and gray. It possesses piercing eyes and in face of danger or while capturing prey shows wonderful agility, hiding itself in underbrush, jumping over high cliffs or swiftly swimming across rivers and lakes. In attacking a pony or cow it will leap upon the victim’s flank and kill instantly by tearing open some vital part. In attacking a man it will follow him for a time and occasionally leap over his head, seeking to unnerve him and cause him to fall to the ground, when it will immediately attack and kill. Oftentimes it will summon its mates to assist in attacking. There are instances of where a wolf has carried off a big bog for considerable distance or where it has jumped over a high wall with a pig in its mouth.

The Korean authorities are exerting every effort to exterminate the animal and rewards are offered for each wolf that is killed.