Top wolf expert Dave Mech talks about his interactions with wolves

February 27, 2012 at 11:35 pm 2 comments

Wild Arctic Wolf

“Don’t run!”    Sage advice from top wolf expert, Dave Mech, if you find yourself face to face with a wolf in the wild.  And he’s right.  

The reason he is right is that in most situations when encountering a wolf in the wild there is really no need to run.  They don’t view humans as prey, and Mech knows his stuff.  He has certainly had a lot of wolf encounters in his five and a half decades of working in the field which he discusses in this podcast interview.

In the interview Mech also talks about his devastation at the gross inaccuracies of the film The Grey which he believes will undoubtedly negatively influence the way the public feels about wolves.

I have had the privilege of spending time with Dave Mech and biologist colleagues in the Northwest Territories where we had numerous wolf encounters with a beautiful female wolf  (pictured) and her packmates, and this experience confirms what Mech says.   In this photo, the wolf was literally a few feet away from me, and during the encounters we had with her not once did I feel afraid.  She was simply curious, and as we discovered, hungry too, which is likely to be what motivated her to come so close to our camp.  For me it was a wonderful experience and like Mech I find it devastating that the public who see The Grey will come away with a totally inaccurate perception of wolves.

The Grey has made it all the more difficult for wolf conservationists, but it’s also made us all the more determined to carry on fighting for their protection.

Click here to listen to the podcast of interview with David L Mech

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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. maudlin  |  March 10, 2012 at 2:26 pm

    Nice post! I don’t know much about wolves but it was pretty obvious to me that The Grey was wildly inaccurate in its portrayal of them. It’s a shame so many people don’t realize this.

    • 2. education4conservation  |  March 10, 2012 at 2:32 pm

      Thanks for the comment. The Grey is wildly inaccurate, you’re right. The sad thing is that so many people seeing this film who don’t know about wolves will take this to be an accurate portrayal. It just fuels the negative attitudes that still prevail, and especially in the States where there are still constant battles over wolves and their right to exist in their own habitats! I think Joe Carnahan and his colleagues, including Liam Neeson, have been very irresponsible in producing this film in the way they have.


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