Cyclist surprised by wolf in the Netherlands

  1. I had a warthog do that with me once. She walked into a restaurant and flopped down next to my chair. Of course she got belly rubs.

  2. Fun fact wolves and athletic humans have very similar profiles when it comes to running performance. Wolves don't usually sprint after prey. They jog it to death. More or less like we do! Just lope after it until it's tired then bumrush it. All because there's basically only two animals on Earth well equipped for jogging, wolves and humans. That's actually not quite correct, most types of dogs can lope/jog.

  3. It was just a "test." If the wolf shows up and the prey animal falters or can't pull away at a speed robust enough to keep its distance, then the rest of the pack will start to fall in and continue the pursuit until the prey animal is worn down and vulnerable.

  4. Also curious how the cyclist knew where to point the camera to find the wolf hidden in the woods.

  5. Typically wolves hunt by tiring out their prey by chasing them for long distance. They don't generally go for a big kill right off the bat. They know it's easier to wait till the prey is exhausted. So actually this is pretty typical hunting behavior.

  6. That is actually more likely since they've discovered the wolves introduced here a few years ago aren't aggressive enough as posted by another person here.

  7. Naw - that wolf is making sure the cyclist does his best on the Strava leaderboards. Just wants him to make the top 5 in this sprint.

  8. I mean, it's not entirely unlikely.... The wolves in that area are so tame that they regularly seek out people for affection. The government is considering it to be a problem, but it seems the locals don't mind friendly wolves. So far there has been no attacks, and no signs of actual aggression from the wolves.

  9. Fun fact: wallstreet comes also from the Dutch streetnames in New Amsterdam (old New York), it was originally named "Waal Straat". So there's a nice connection even if you had kept the title as the original :)

  10. The wolf is famous in NL,Hoge Veluwe national, it seems somebody has been feeding him and is quite tame, friendly and actually seeking human contact.

  11. From the article: "Wolf expert Hugh Jansman told Nu.nl that the wolf’s behaviour is unique and has never been observed in places such as Yellowstone park in the US and in Germany."

  12. I know it needs to be done for its own safety, but that makes me so sad, he’s being shunned by his new friends

  13. Feeding and thus taming a wild animal is often the death penalty for the animal, as it will expect to be fed by any human and become intrusive.

  14. Haha, a good friend of mine has a good story about wolves, she used to go for early morning runs (4-5am) in a nearby forest and she mentioned that she loved going for her run there as there were two huskies who would run the trail with her so she felt safe. The utter horror on her face when a forest guard told her that those two weren't friendly huskies but actually two wolves... Priceless

  15. Reminds me of that girl that thought she was rescuing a dog and it turned out to be a wild coyote (or something along those lines). She was taking her cute photos of it and while it stared with confused wild eyes lol.

  16. Wolves are relatively new back living in the Netherlands. People aren't used to them, wolves aren't really used to us.

  17. At that point I'd continue to feel safe, they're playing! Seriously, though, wolves aren't much of a threat unless cubs are involved or they're starving or rabid.

  18. Wolfes don't attack a new kind of prey out a sudden like bears, which are opportunistic. They study and observe before attacking, that phase can easily be misinterpreted as them being friendly and playful. That's why wolfes getting closer to humans, even in a apparently unthreatening way, is very dangerous. Once wolfes start attacking humans, and categorize them as prey, they hardly stop.

  19. It seemed like the wolf was running with him and not going full speed (I had a coyote do that with me). Not sure how many Wolf vs Man attacks there are in the Netherlands, but I would guess hardly any ever????

  20. As far as I know there haven't been any wolf attacks here in the Netherlands, only some encounters from a distance and one time that a wolf went for a walk in a town.

  21. Not such a good idea, actually. If you encounter a bear (or most predators, like lions or tigers), it's usually a bad idea to run. It activates chasing instincts...

  22. He saw something moving in the bushes, a couple seconds later you see something too, so it could be that he saw something moving with his eyes but not with the camera

  23. Pretty sure he saw it when he passed it, went back to film it thinking "woaa this'll be a cool video for the group chat" and then shat his pants when it came out to chase him. Gotta say I'm impressed he could film it behind his back, still a stupid move if he went back.

  24. Agreed, he didn’t look very surprised, looked like he was ready to film and pedal hard. My ass would have dropped the camera, put two hands on the bars and not looked back.

  25. I legit thought most of western/mainland Europe didn't have wolves anymore, I thought most of the wolves were killed hundreds of years ago when Europe was urbanizing/industrializing

  26. Wolves were re-introduced in Europe and are spreading out. Netherlands is believed to be home to at least 20 adult wolves: a pack and two pairs in the Veluwe, a pair on the border between Drenthe and Friesland provinces, and 11 lone animals roaming the country.

  27. When i was a kid Iberian wolves used to attack the sheep in my grandfather's village, north of Portugal, this was back in the 80s. Their numbers declined a lot, they are now estimated to be around 2200 - 2700, but they still form the largest wolf population in western Europe. Hunting them remained legal in Spain until September 2021, they were considered as a big trophy in european hunting communities. In Portugal they are fully protected and classified as an endangered species at national level.

  28. There are more wolves in western/central Europe than there are in northern Europe. They... weren't the most loved wildlife by ranchers and we have a lot of hunting rifles.

  29. Cyclist is not surprised. He is filming right where the wolf is going to come out. He knew he was there

  30. And that's why Wolfe's reduce carcrashes, because they use roads and stuff, and deers are less likely to use them if they know a wolf is nearby.

  31. Surprised, but the cyclist was panning the camera to exactly where the wolf was hiding way before there was an opening in the bush. Clearly they saw it on a previous pass.

  32. Just coincidentally moves the camera to the left the entire time and gets it in shot at the perfect moment

  33. "And that's when the attack comes. Not from the front, but from the side, from the other wolves you didn't even know were there. Because the wolf's a pack hunter, you see, he uses coordinated attack patterns and he is out in force today."

  34. That wolf doesn’t seem to really be chasing him, I mean yes it’s following him but it’s not sprinting. Never the less I’d still shit my pants and be peddling like crazy.

  35. Considering the camera pans directly to the “wolf” I have heavy speculation this is even a actual wolf and that it was actually chasing him. If your cycling your one… not going to be able to see that thing fast enough to predict where to look until he’s on top of you and two def won’t hear him and be able to direct your attention to it. Unless I’m Missing something .. I say fake.

  36. Wolves are typically pack hunters and extremely intelligent. In addition to the chase and exhaust strategy they employ, many wolf packs have been observed using a single wolf to chase their prey into an ambush where the rest of the pack lies in wait. TLDR: there were likely more wolves nearby.

  37. I moved from the Canadian Rockies, where I'd hear wolves howling many nights and seeing them was not uncommon, to the Netherlands where wolves only showed up again last year. So I think this is pretty cool.

  38. In general you never want to run from a predatory animal, because that triggers their hunting instinct into seeing you as prey. However this is a biker in the Netherlands and probably is perfectly capable of outrunning any native predators so nbd lol. Dude hauled ass on a bike way faster than I ever could

  39. Bike meter: “you just set a new pace record!” Smart watch: “we are detecting you might be having a heart attach! Call emergency?”

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