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Wolves freak out soldier with stalking game

Published: 14 Sep 2012 11:30 GMT+02:00

The soldier was walking through the parade ground south of Hamburg in Munster, Lower Saxony, when the animals began following him.

Whenever he stopped and turned around, the wolves did too, and then when he set off again, they duly followed.

Click here to see the Munster wolf cubs - and some of their cousins

As he became increasingly anxious, the soldier headed for a tower on the parade ground and scrambled up it, local police reported later. But the wolves waited patiently below, circling his refuge.

Eventually the soldier, who was armed but did not have live ammunition with him, climbed down and kicked at them, at which point they kept their distance. But they did not give up, and followed him again when he headed for the barracks.

Before he got there though, the wolves disappeared into the darkness, having apparently lost interest.

Helge John, wolf expert at the Federal Forestry Commission, said the trio of wolves must have been young, probably around six months old, since fully grown animals usually run away when they smell humans. But young wolves can be very curious, he said.

Advising walkers who encounter wolves, John said, "Stay calm, stop, and keep your distance." He also said that one should address wolves in a decisive tone.

The German army now says it will draw up guidelines on what soldiers should do when they meet a wolf in the wild.

Wolves have only recently been sighted again in the Munster region of Lower Saxony - for the first time in a hundred years. The wolves that followed the soldier could have been the three cubs spotted recently by a naturalist in the region.

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Your comments about this article

12:40 September 14, 2012 by KyleHawkins
Munster is not in Lower Saxony.
13:46 September 14, 2012 by Englishted
"What's the time Mr. Wolf? "

"Time to change my underwear "
13:50 September 14, 2012 by jlambert
@KyleHawkins

Umm...Yes it is.

Lower Saxony = Niedersachsen

Learn German!
13:53 September 14, 2012 by Englishted
I think Kyle meant Münster in N.R.W. am I right?
14:27 September 14, 2012 by KyleHawkins
Münster is in NRW. I can speak German, thank you. If there is a Munster in Niedersachsen, then I am mistaken, but googlemaps does not have one listed.
15:08 September 14, 2012 by The-ex-pat
Munster is Lower Saxony, just off the A7, south of Hamburg, well I hope it is or the day at the German Panzer Museum I had earlier this year took place in a parallel universe.....................

If you search using Google.com, it will not pick up Muster and gives you Münster instead. If you try Google.de then there is no problem.
15:51 September 14, 2012 by finanzdoktor
Bitte. If you look at the beginning of the story, it mentions the Munster "south of Hamburg" and Google maps does show that there is a such a town just southwest of Hamburg (near Osnabruck). Believe this is Niedersachsen. Of course, there is another Munster, more famous than this one, in NRW.

So, you are both correct, just that this one happens to be the former, versus the latter.

Viele GruBe.
17:22 September 14, 2012 by jlambert
Munster is not a town. It is an area.
17:28 September 14, 2012 by bwjijsdtd
If you check your history, you will soon find there are no recorded acounts of a wolf attacking a human and certainally no acounts of anyone being killed by them ... This sounds like a "Cock and Wolf story to me ..." And now my question ... why wass this guy armed with no bullets? What the hell kind of Army is this?
17:28 September 14, 2012 by jlambert
Correction. I meant it is a small town, but basically a military area...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Munster,_Lower_Saxony

Münster doesn't = Munster
17:38 September 14, 2012 by Berlin fuer alles
Who cares. The story is about wolves being clever at stalking. Amazing story.
20:41 September 14, 2012 by michael valerio
Leave the wolves alone. They are needed to balance the deer population out.
20:55 September 14, 2012 by wxman
If he would have had ammo, this wouldn't be a story.
22:32 September 14, 2012 by Englishted
@wxman

I can see it all a new film staring wxman aus dem Wald,wow.
09:18 September 15, 2012 by itchyvet
This has got to be a joke, right? A soldier scared of three wolf pups? WOW !

I wonder what would happen if he was in an observation post in camoflage and the wolves expressed a curiosity by sniffing around? Would he wet his pants, climb the nearest tree, or run home to mummy?

Reminds me of the day in Vietnam walking along a jungle trail, came around the corner and there was a tiger standing in the middle, staring at us, just as surprised as we were. No, we didn't climb a tree, and no we didn't run home to mummy, nor did we shoot him either, we just stared at each other for a time, then the tiger loped off into the jungle.

The experience did wisen us up a little, as until then, we had no idea there were even tigers in Vietnam, made the nights sleeping in the jungle a little more interesting.
09:24 September 15, 2012 by The-ex-pat
20:55 September 14, 2012 by wxman

If he would have had ammo, this wouldn't be a story.

No it would have been a huge story (in the eyes of the press), soldier kills wolves. Save the gay whale types would have been crawling out of the woodwork, politicians of all parties would have been using this to get maximum face time in the media and the poor soldier would have ended up on the front page of the Bild under the headline "Munster wolf murderer". He would have ended up in front of a judge for discharging his weapon on German soil when not deployed on an overseas peace keeping mission. Some senior officer would have has to resign and the soldier would have lost his job. Not to mention the biggest crime, hunting without a licence..................
15:23 September 15, 2012 by joysonabraham
John said, "Stay calm, stop, and keep your distance."

How can one stop and keep the distance.. Is that Johny English :))
15:35 September 15, 2012 by Englishted
@joysonabraham

If you stop and they are not moving then naturally you are keeping your distance apart the same .

Wherein lies the problem ?.
15:41 September 15, 2012 by joysonabraham
@Englishsted

There is no problem.Just lighten up..

Why do everyone think so seriously
15:51 September 15, 2012 by Englishted
@ joysonabraham

"Why do everyone think so seriously"

See comment #2 .

I was only joking too,enjoy your weekend :-)
22:57 September 15, 2012 by rwk
Munster is in Ireland...ha ha ha
16:16 September 18, 2012 by cosmerk
Good story; not interested in a Geography lesson.
09:51 September 23, 2012 by Landmine
"the soldier was armed but did not have live ammunition with him."

You really can't be called "armed" if you don't have any bullets now can you?
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