Living With Wolves

Like many wildlife species, wolves elicit a response from humans that is often unwarranted and intensified in movies and other media. link opens in new windowCDFW’s wolf report (PDF) provides a broader discussion of implications for humans, in section 6.5.

Instances of wolves attacking or killing humans are extremely rare. In the northern Rocky Mountains, where there are more than 1,700 wolves and the great lakes region, where there are more than 3,000 wolves, there have been no reported attacks on humans by wolves. In Alaska and Canada, where there are more than 60,000 wolves there have been a few instances of wolves exhibiting little fear of humans, in some cases biting humans and in one confirmed instance, killing a human. Existing studies of wolf-human interactions conclude that wild healthy wolves pose little threat to humans. Following is a web link to an Alaska Department of Fish and Game publication which you may find useful.

Any wolf that enters the state is protected under the federal Endangered Species Act. The federal act generally prohibits the harassment, harm, pursuit, hunting, shooting, wounding, killing, trapping, capture or collection of wolves in California, or the attempt to engage in any such conduct. Penalties include fines of at least $100,000 and imprisonment.