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How to Survive a Big Bad Wolf Attack

Before you head out for a walk in the woods, heed this advice.


  • Step 1: If a wolf does attack, call for help. A wildlife official can help protect you.
  • FACT: Between 1920 and 2010, only 2 fatal wolf attacks were reported in North America.
  • Step 2: If something seems off, it probably is. Wolves may try to impersonate humans, but they usually remain quite recognizable.
  • Step 3: Never disclose your destination, especially if you're on your way to visit loved ones.
  • Step 4: Do not feed or engage with any wolves you encounter. Hide any treats you may be carrying.
  • TIP: Wolves that associate people with food are more likely to attack.
  • Step 5: Stick to a well-worn trail -- wolves tend to avoid trafficked areas. Since they're territorial creatures, they're more likely to attack when disturbed in their natural habitat.

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