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Living wolves can be deadly. They can be heard howling in the night, ready to attack humans nearby with their fatal bite.

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March 8th, 2010: 32-year-old teacher Candice Berner was found dead along a road by snowmobilers in Alaska. She was attacked by wolves while out jogging. If you find yourself in this situation, would you know how to survive? Here are the facts and survival skills you need to stay alive.

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What is it?
The wolf, or Canis lupus, is a wild carnivorous mammal of the dog family with 40 different subspecies. They have powerful jaws and teeth as well as strong bodies capable of great endurance, as seen in these pictures. They often live and hunt in wolf packs, hunting down deer, humans, dogs, sheep, tigers, coyotes, mountain lions, and many other animals. The world's best known wolf known to man is the gray wolf, as it's the largest of the canid family and has been written about more than any other wildlife species.

Where are they located?
Wolves can be found all throughout the northern hemisphere. The country with the highest amount of recorded wolf attacks is France, with nearly 7,600 fatal attacks documented from 1200-1920. These days, wolf attacks occur most often in India and its neighboring countries, with more than 200 attacks recorded in the half-century up to 2002, some of which were caught on tape.

How will it kill you?
The wolf is a beauty and a beast. Predatory wolf attacks can occur all throughout the year, with a peak in the summer months of June through August, when the number of people entering forested areas increases due to livestock grazing or berry and mushroom picking. When a wolf attacks, it bites its victim repeatedly on the head, face, and neck until their prey is dead, at which point the carcass is dragged off to be consumed. Another fatal threat from wolves is rabies. Bites from rabid wolves are 15 times more dangerous than those of rabid dogs.

How to survive:
If you encounter a wolf, attempt to walk away slowly without it seeing you. Remember that wolves live and hunt in packs, so where there's one wolf, there may be several more close by. If it sees you, back away slowly and avoid eye contact, as the wolf sees this as a challenge. Whatever you do, DO NOT RUN and never turn your back on the wolf as it sees this as an opportunity to strike. Instead, do whatever you can to appear aggressive and dangerous by jumping, shouting, and throwing rocks or sticks. If you're already being attacked, use whatever weapons you have to defend yourself such a gun or knife. If you don't have one, it's recommended that you curl into a fetal position with your arms blocking your neck in order to protect your head and neck areas. Also, fight back by striking the wolf's face and nose, as these are highly sensitive areas that can stun the animal. Once you've survived the attack, go to a hospital immediately to get your wounds treated and to get tested for rabies.

Now would you rather…be infected with rabies? Or be infected tetanus?
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