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Two wolves attack and kill a dog

Published: 17 Apr 2011 15:46 GMT+02:00
Updated: 17 Apr 2011 15:46 GMT+02:00

Hanna Diitrich Söderman, one of the county board's two predator administrators, confirmed, after an investigation, that it was two wolves that attacked and killed a dog, reported news agency TT.

“We found parts of the dog a few hundred meters away from where the attack took place,” she told TT.

When the women saw the wolves she began to scream and flail her arms. “She behaved exactly right,” said Söderman.

“I admire what she did.”

The women and the child were not physically injured.

“Now we are carrying out surveillance and we'll try to track as long as we can, so that we don't miss any details,” said Söderman.

According to the County Administration Board, there are two adult wolves who live between Norrtälje and Åkesberga, and a year ago four puppies were born in the territory.

Olof Liberg, predator researcher and Coordinator of the Scandinavian wolf project, says the wolves attacked the dog to defend their territory.

“This isn't unusual,” he told TT.

“We have had a few of these cases. Wolves honor their territory very strongly,” he said.

Liberg said that the wolves perceive the dog as kin and when one comes into their territory they become so focused that they barely notice humans.

It is like they get blinders, he said. “Wolves hate other wolves who pass into their territory. If they can, they'll try to kill them or chase them away.”

He said the woman acted right when she began to holler and wave her hands to scare away the wolves.

“They don't attack people, they barely even saw her,” he said.

He says there is little risk that wolves will attack people. “We haven't had one incident in Scandinavia where wolves acted aggressively against humans” he said.

Over the past few years, between 40 and 70 dogs per year have been attacked by large predators in Sweden, according to the Predator Center (Rovdjurscentret De 5 Stora). In half of the cases the dogs have died.

Last year, 38 dogs were attacked by large predators, wolves accounting for 21 of the attacks.

TT/The Local (news@thelocal.se)

Your comments about this article

17:55 April 17, 2011 by StockholmSam
Release the hounds!
22:12 April 17, 2011 by cornpone
Swedes have an obsession with control and this extends to the natural environment. Here in the states we have wolves, bears, mountian lions, alligators, sharks and countless other lethal animals but do we FREAK out about it like Swedes? Swedes are like children who expect the world to be a disney movie.
22:34 April 17, 2011 by escalation666
I am from the States, and excuse me for the attack you place on Sweden here, they have every right to be concerned when wolves or ANY predator goes after a woman and child. Lighten up dude and realize its not a territorial p'ssng spot here, they are stating facts regardless of what country it is, America is NO better than Sweden in fact, I prefer Sweden and Swedish people over the moronic people we have in the good Ol USA who think they are better than any person, or country in the world..
22:50 April 17, 2011 by cornpone
Swedes don't think they are better than other people? Hmmm... a more self righteous people has surely never existed. Don't know who you hang around with in the states (presumably yankees) but the people I know don't think they are better than everyone.

Still Swedes suffer from OCD as a nation and this extends to their paranoia about predators. Swedes need to lighten up on the anal retentive behaviour. Seriously!
23:42 April 17, 2011 by johnny1939
@cornpone

every time an alligator sneaks up and snatches a dog it is written up in many national newspapers. A bear just tried to attack a woman in New Jersey I learned on tv news so you have your share of paranoia too.

Fourlegged wolves are not common in Norrtälje and one would hope tp be able to walk ones dog w/o being attacked by same. Norrtälje is not wilderness. I do not think this is being paranoid at all.
23:53 April 17, 2011 by cornpone
Carry a gun like they do in Alaska then. Take responsibility for your own life and safety. Oh, I forgot this is Sweden where everyone is in perpetual childhood and waiting for momma govburment to take whip their a..es.
01:10 April 18, 2011 by buschmann
I am not sure how many dogs are killed by wolves in Minnesota every year, but it is a fairly common occurance. The wolves never attack humans, but it is an unfortunate event for the dog. I have a very large german shepard that I take with me on outdoor adventures, his name is "disel" and he would tear any two wolves to peices.
03:53 April 18, 2011 by MikeSar
Me thinks this is Tempest on Teapot, nature will take its course, humans will be afraid, as we should be, of lions, pitbulls, wolves, alligators, buffaloes, snakes, etc. And nothing will alter this.

Except, of course, the Russians who 30 years ago bred Silver foxes that bark instead of bite, in a few generations (five?). The work was started by the Communists but continued after their demise with help from USA. What if this work were to continue ...
06:42 April 18, 2011 by hogar2010
Wolves have and will again kill humans.
07:07 April 18, 2011 by rise
@ cornpone

Should a mother carry a gun when walking the dog together with her child - in a town? This isn't the wild west like the US still are. Here we're trying to be a bit more civilized than that.
08:07 April 18, 2011 by Rizwan Rahim
very good article 2 show EU that Sweden is in tact over wolves quota.
09:13 April 18, 2011 by RobinHood
Wolves are natural to Sweden and should be accommodated. They will take sheep for food, and dogs for territory, that's all part of being a wolf. They do not usually bother people, never attack them, and usually stay as far away from people as they can. If you are lucky enough to get within a few hundred metres of a wild wolf, something extraordinary is going on; extreme hunger, cubs, illness or migration. The perception of wolves attacking people derives from medieval legends meant to keep children from wandering off in the forest, which led to fairy tales such as Little Red Riding Hood. Sheep farmers have always disseminated anti-wolf hysteria, but they would wouldn't they! This foolish nonsense has no place in a serious debate about wildlife in Sweden.

Any society that eradicates the indigenous wildlife because it is perceived as dangerous is usually a rather sad and frightened bunch. Any society that eradicates the indigenous wildlife to protect the interests of farmers and hunters (and I suspect that is the case in Sweden) is morally corrupt.
10:24 April 18, 2011 by DamnImmigrant
Not another HONOR killing!?!?!

"Wolves honor their territory very strongly"

Are these immigrant wolves???

Is this a proper "English" word? As a user of the North "American" language, I have never heard of HONORing territory. We say DEFENDING territory.

Not being a native "ENGLISH" speaker, does this go along with tyre and car boots?
02:13 April 19, 2011 by Zhorka
Wolves need a little bit of privacy. I find it unacceptable that humans know that "there are two adult wolves who live between Norrtälje and Åkesberga, and a year ago four puppies were born in the territory". Imagine how you would feel in a situation like this if you were a wolf!
05:42 April 19, 2011 by Species125
@ Zhorka - PKU Register

"In Sweden there is a database known as the PKU REGISTER that contains blood samples from more or less everyone born in Sweden after 1975. It is supposedly the largest and most comprehensive register of its kind in the world. The purpose of this register was, and still is, to improve research on a disease called phenylketonuria.

...the register has recently been used by the police in a way it definitely was not meant for. The existence of this register was unknown to many Swedes until it was used in the search of former Foreign Minister Anna Lindh's murderer. Since the register contains blood samples, it is effectively a DNA register.

...Of course one might object that storing and registering blood samples should be mandatory for everyone, but that is an authoritarian point of view...

...It is the idea of obtaining consent for such a register for one purpose and then starting to use it for something different for which consent has not been obtained that I strongly oppose."

From: pericson.com/2004/11/swedens-pku-register/
13:02 April 19, 2011 by wenddiver
A Coyote jumped a the fence into my backyard by my Sisters kid and my Border Terrier Skipper went after it. My girl friend Wendy shot it with a Henry rifle I keep by the kitchen door for shooting cans. Skipper had large gashes in him like he had been slashed with a razor. We skinned it and nailed it to the side of Skippers dog house. Thank God for Wendy, Skipper and the Henry repeating rifle, because wild animals are no joke.
18:38 April 19, 2011 by babychuma
Does anyone know what kind of dog? Even coyotes around where I live will run off with small ones, how big will a wolf try? Are these the 2m long ones like in the south?
18:47 April 19, 2011 by Zhorka
@Species125 - What you describe is horrendous. Control-it-all freaks have enslaved humans and now they extend their ugly paw to wolves.
03:33 April 20, 2011 by Smiling Canuk
@hogar2010

We've had only about two or three proven recorded cases of wolves killing humans in Canada in the past 100 yrs and this is a country of around 100,000 wolves, not the 800 that exist in Sweden. I'm willing to bet there is not a single proven case in Sweden, but correct me if i am wrong.

I'm also willing to bet the dog was on a chain in the backyard. That's the most common case scenario when this happens.

I live in an area where wolves are a concern to local farmers and their livestock. Most keep either big dogs or donkeys to keep the wolves or coyotes away. Donkeys are very effective wolf deterents, but unfortunately they don't like dogs either.
19:44 April 20, 2011 by DamnImmigrant
@Smiling Canuk - "...I'm also willing to bet the dog was on a chain in the backyard..."

Wife says they were out walking and dog was free roaming. The human were not very close when it started.
06:24 October 28, 2011 by Stoner
Attacks on cattle and pets are becoming alarmingly common these days. The Swedes haven't had wolfs in their state for more than 100 years. The wolf was removed completely simply because it was to much of a nuisance.

People tend to forget what happened in these parts of the world but 130 years ago, dailies were filled with horrendous reports of wolfs attacking and killing people. Mostly kids. In 1880-1881 alone, 21 children were killed and eaten in the area of Abo in Finland (which is a landscape clone of nearby Sweden). Hundreds of people died that way, that particular century.

The fact that we, humans, have changed a lot since then, doesnä't mean that the wolf has changed one bit. It's the same old dog. So people had better be aware.
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