Grey Wolf Hunting - Gray Wolves Hunt
Gray wolf (Canis lupus) is one of the
widest spread animals in Mongolia. It is considered
as the biggest challenge for nomadic herdsmen as
it constantly attack their livestock. Selena Travel
organizes this "helpful" wolf hunting
in order to help the Mongolian nomads.
The reason of saying "helpful"
can be explained by the following statements:
Domestic livestock such as horse, camel, cow, sheep
and goat are the main economical fundament of Mongolian
nomadism that has been kept for thousands of years.
However, wolf has been the main enemy for this for
all the time. Last years, the number of wolves has
doubled due to lack of hunting. That's why, both domestic
and wild animals are attacked widely by wolves.
Increase of wolf numbers in Mongolia influences badly
to the ecological balance in some ways. In other words,
number of prey animals or wolf is increasing rapidly
so that they attack the domestic livestock of herders
and wild animals. So if you participate in this hunting
and hunt at least one wolf, it will be your great
contribution to Mongolian nomadic lifestyle and also
the endangered wildlife conservation.
During the hunt, you won't just hunt wolves, but alos
this trip gives you the fantastic opportunity to meet
the local Mongolian nomads and experience their lifestyle
and hunting techniques.
We organize gray
wolf hunting in traditional Mongolian way with
assistance of local herders. This is a unique
experience and the nomads will be grateful to
you for helping them decrease the number of wolves.
For their participation
and horse rent, we pay for nomads, so that the
hunting will be financial support for the locals.
The hunting will
be very interesting, enjoyable and adventurous.
During your hunt,
you will have opportunity to ride a horse, visit
a nomadic family and experience their amazing
that you will leave satisfied after this hunting
and there is almost no risk to get the hunting
nights / 6 days
The trip duration can be adjusted according to
your needs and interests. We are inviting everyone,
who is into hunting, to participate in our wolf
hunting. It would be an amazing, unforgettable experience
for you and very helpful participation for us.
itinarary, price or more information, please contact
Services included in
domestic transportation and transfers
guide and interpreting service
hunting license (hunt only)
renting during the hunting if necessary
MORE ABOUT WOLF HUNTING
Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
- Main article: Gray Wolf
Wolf hunting is the practice of hunting
wolves, especially the Gray Wolf
(Canis lupus). Wolves are hunted for sport,
for their skins, to protect livestock,
and to prevent attacks on people. In North America,
wolf attacks on people occur less frequently than
attacks by other predators, particularly grizzly
bears, black bears, and coyotes. In Europe they
are almost unheard of even in historical terms.
Wolf attacks are much more likely to occur when
large numbers of wolves and people are in close
are hunted by a variety of methods across the world.
Perhaps the most unusual is the Central Asian practice of
hunting wolves with berkuts. The berkut is
a type of Golden Eagle
which Kirghiz people have traditionally
used to hunt wolves. These eagles are so fast and
powerful that they are capable of killing a fully
grown wolf by diving at speed and striking the wolf
on the back of the head or neck.
European wolf population has been severely reduced
over the centuries. Despite small populations in Scandinavia,
allowed the hunting of a pack of nine wolves out
of a total Scandinavian population of
about one hundred in 2001.
Several breeds of dog have been specially bred
to hunt wolves or to protect livestock from wolf
attacks. Russians have traditionally hunted wolves
with a variety of specially bred dogs including
which looks, and hunts, like a greyhound. Other breeds bred
for wolf hunting include the Irish Wolfhound and the
the United States
In the United States, all hunting
of wolves is banned in the contiguous 48 States,
where they are listed as endangered or threatened under the
Act of 1973.
Aerial hunting is banned in the United States.
Wolves may be shot from airplanes if it is part
of a state management program which identifies a
particular need to reduce wolf populations, as is
the case in Alaska. There, where the aerial control
program is designed to increase populations of moose
and caribou for subsistence use, people who have
obtained state predator control permits use fixed
wing planes to spot and either shoot wolves, or
land and shoot wolves.
voted in a state-wide referendum on November 7,
to ban aerial hunting by private citizens. Governor
Frank Murkowski, however,
continues to permit the "land and shoot" practice
in certain areas of the state, describing it as
public participation in a predator control program.
Permittees receive no money for participating in
the program and are not reimbursed for the cost
of fuel or aircraft maintenance.
Wolves will eat almost anything they
can catch. They usually hunt in packs but sometimes
might be on their own. A pack of wolves can take down
animals much larger and stronger then themselves.
Wolves are very intelligent creatures, maybe the most
intelligent animals besides humans.
Why Wolves Hunt
Wolves are strict carnivores,
meaning that they only eat meat. To stay alive all animals
require to eat some sort of food to provide energy and
nutrients for their body. Wolves do not kill for sport,
but for survival.
hunt just about everything that will provide a meal
for them. Depending on the area in which they live and
the time of season they hunt everything from large birds
to large mammals to small ones. For more information
on what wolves hunt and eat, look at the wolf feeding
Some of the things
that wolves hunt include.
Wolves usually prey
upon the sick, weak, and old animals that they come
across. It is much easier for them to hunt these animals
then it is a full grown healthy one. By killing off
the weak animals, wolves help strengthen the herd of
which they take their weak prey from. Old or unhealthy
animals can be a burden to its herd. For example, an
aged caribou eats food that other caribou need to raise
their young. A sick elk could infect other members of
the herd. Wolves eliminate such animals performing an
important natural function.
Wolves hunt at any time day or night. Wolves hunt
when they are hungry but if they are not successful
they can go without food for many days and even weeks.
Where Wolves Hunt
Wolves usually hunt
in packs. Each pack has its own territory in which it
hunts and lives. The pack defends and guards this territory
from other intruding wolves. The territory size depends
on the availability of prey. If prey is scarce, the
territory may cover as much as 800 square miles (2,100
square kilometers). If prey is plentiful, the area may
be as small as 30 square miles (77 kilometers).
Some wolves are not in packs, these wolves are called
lone wolves. They hunt by themselves while wandering
around. They usually target smaller, weaker creatures
to hunt. At some point the lone wolf might join another
lone wolf and form its own pack to hunt with.
How Wolves Hunt
the beginning of the hunt the members of the pack gather
together greeting each other with howls. These howls
will warn off other wolves in the area to stay out of
the packs territory. The pack will then roam through
their territory until they find prey. After finding
and choosing a particular animal, they move in on it
from the opposite direction the wind is blowing. This
prevents the prey from smelling the wolves coming, becoming
alert, then running away. The wolves will quietly close
in on the prey, sometimes in single file. Soon they
will break into a run and the chase begins.
If the wolves are able
to catch their prey, they attack the rump or sides of
the animal. Nipping and biting they try to wound and
weaken the animal. Most of the bigger animals wolves
hunt have horns on their heads. These horns are used
for defense against such animals as wolves. When attacking
the wolves will bite at areas away from the head of
the prey avoiding the sharp horns. After the animal
has been weakened the wolves will take the animal down
by grabbing it by the throat or snout. Wolf hunts can
last only a few minutes or as long as a few hours or
After the hunt, the
wolves will gorge on the kill if it was successful.
They have large stomachs, enabling them to eat 20 pounds
(9 kilograms) of meat or more. If the hunt is not successful
the wolves will continue on searching for new prey,
maybe one that is weaker, providing an easier kill.
Wolves can go without food for weeks at a time.