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Anonymous asked in Science & MathematicsZoology · 1 month ago

Why do wolves attack bisons which are stronger and more dangerous animals, yet leave humans alone most of the time?

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  • John
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    wolves, and many other animals, are fearful of humans. both because of prior experience an individual might have had with humans and because humans are not a regular animal in their environment. we move, looks, and sound completely different than other forest animals. wolves are use to deer, they understand what a deer is, but a human may catch them off guard because they've never seen one. also, predators have to take calculated risks  when it comes to hunting. every hunt will use up energy, whether it's successful or not. so it's better to take on a large animal that will provide a lot of meat, even if there is risk of being injured or killed in the process

  • ?
    Lv 6
    1 month ago

    Through the ages humans have killed animals that have attacked humans. 

    As an example: when a man eating shark in Florida struck twice, a manhunt began where dozens of sharks were fished and gutted to catch the culprit. 

     

    Any animal that learns that humans are tasty tends to get killed, so most carnivores out there are precautious of humans because they or their kin have never attacked a human and lived to tell about it. 

     

    Animals tend to hunt what they're accustomed to. If you put a kangaroo in n America, wolves would be precautious, but they're used to hunting bison. They've done it before. 

  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    You are wrong about wolves leave humans alone "most of the time".  Wolves leave humans alone ALL the time.  There is not one single documented case of a wolf attacking, hurting or killing a human in all of North American history.  You are also wrong about a wolf attacking bison.  Never happens.

  • 1 month ago

    Its simple

    Wolves (like 99% of all other mammals) don't view humans as prey, its just not in their DNA! Wolves are fearful of humans, and will avoid a human at all cost, the only time an attack might occur is if a) human gets too close to the pups b) a wolf is sick/injured c) threat to food source.

    Why do they eat bisons? Simple, because wolves are carnivores, and they need a lot of calories to survive.

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  • 1 month ago

    Simple reason that humans have never been on their menu. There are exceptions. If a starving pack were to encounter a lone, unarmed human they would attack. They would probably do it in the way I describe below. Of course, the wolves would not know the human was unarmed. If the human was armed with a gun, firing it would keep them at bay and probably ultimately scare them away. At least it would protect the human.

    Wolves can hunt large prey like bison because of the way in which they hunt them. In general felid (cat) species hunt prey alone (lions being the notable exception) and hunt them by ambush. They attack alone so they hunt prey they can tackle and to reduce risk of injury to themselves they kill their prey instantly.

    In general canid (dog) species, e.g. wolves, hunt in packs and they do not usually attack their prey directly. They identify an individual who seems weaker, may be its young, sick, old, etc. They attempt to isolate it and then they pursue it. Basically, they pursue their prey to exhaustion. Their prey simply collapses from physical exhaustion. The wolves do not get exhausted because they take turns at being at the front leading the chase and turns hanging back to recover. They keep in touch vocally.

    Once the wolves' prey is down there is no neat kill like with a felid. They simply start to eat their prey immediately usually going first for the abdomen. The prey dies slowly and painfully from blood loss and shock.

  • ?
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    They go with what works .

  • 1 month ago

    You might note they single out the weakest of the herd and they can overwhelm even bison. They would only go after bison if easier prey was around, like deer, sheep, and goats.

    They know that humans in numbers are more a threat than prey, but a hungry pack just might try a single unarmed human.

  • 1 month ago

    seems nearly all land animals have fear/terror of humans.

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