Wolves Run Amok in Georgian Village

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Most wolf news we cover is located in North America. However it appears that the country of Georgia has a wolf problem that makes the North American variety seem tame. According to Bloomberg.com a wolf pack has been razing the town of Sajijao.

“The wolves have killed as many as 100 farm animals in the village recently,” said Roman Rekvava, mayor of the village of Sajijao. “They prowl through the village at night,” he said in comments broadcast on Imedi television today.

Furthermore wolves have killed two people (a woman in February of 2009 and a man more recently) and mauled at least one person over the last two years. It is illegal to kill wolves in Georgia other than for self defense reasons.


Ca_Vermonster's picture

Yeah, funny isn't it.  Half

Yeah, funny isn't it.  Half way around the world, and they are dealing with almost the exact same thing.  granted, we don't have a pack that is chasing down humans.....yet...... But, it's still interesting to see the similarities in their plight.

hawkeye270's picture

I do not know the specifics

I do not know the specifics of the wild prey populations in that country although it would be interesting to find out. But if you look at our wolf populations and their relationship with our ranchers' livestock, you can probably make the assumption that it isn't necessarily a shortage of prey. Although that could absolutely be the problem. But our wolves here in the States were definitely killing livestock before they exhausted wild prey populations; which they haven't yet but I think there are a lot of guys in idaho that might try to make that argument... and rightfully so.

Your thoughts on the former ruling of that country by the Soviets is interesting. I wonder how those peoples mindsets have changed since the break up of the Soviet Union. They should not be looking to that government to fix all their problems... I will tell you that much.

CVC's picture

I don't know how much the

I don't know how much the Georgians depend on the government and their mindset about it, but I bet there are less of them that believe the government should take care of them then there are in the United States.  The article about the Utah lawsuit demonstrates the mindset of many Americans.

Wolves are a controversial subject, it seems, no matter where you live.  It is difficult to balance nature and man.  It is easy for some to say that the killing of livestock is just acceptable collateral damage unless you're the rancher that is suffering the losses.

CVC's picture

This is an interesting story

This is an interesting story from many different tangents.  It is a reminder that all wild animals, but especially wolves are dangerous animals that can and will kill humans.

I wonder why the wolves are raiding the village?  Is there not enough food for them in their habitat and they are having to prey on the villager's stock to survive?  Or, is there enough natural prey for them, but they choose to prey on the easier stock to eat?

I wonder what kind of weapons the government is providing to the villagers to protect themselves?  Although, no longer part of the Soviet Union, I think there is probably a culture of the government taking care of everything for the people that still lingers.

While it is good that the government is providing weapons to the people, there should be no need for the government to do it.  The people should already possess the means to protect themselves.

As a final note, you boys in the south, relax, no need to get the guns ready to go hunt dem der wolves.  They are in the country of Georgia, not the state

hawkeye270's picture

If wolves started to things

If wolves started to things like this in this country than I guarantee that the public opinion of the matter would shift a bit. The best way to instill the natural fear of humans that keeps our fellow predators from seeing us as prey is to hunt them. Even at a fairly low level. By just putting slight amounts of hunting pressure on predator populations you can reinstate that fear of humans and keep them from attacking humans and even reduce the amount that they attack domestic animals and livestock. It sounds like that village has a serious problem and that it is about time to take matters into their own hands. I am not much for vigilante style justice until the problem hits a certain point. And in the case of a problem which involves humans becoming food for animals... I would say that the poor Georgian village has hit that point. They need to defend themselves and in a case like that I believe that it means preventative maintanence. Hopefully thier government will wake up to the fact that their policy is allowing people to be killed.