Unlike the United States, where wolves are considered an endangered species and protected, Kyrgyzstan faces an exploding population of wolves that are becoming a menace.
Experts suggest the wolf population has multiplied three- or fourfold in recent years [in Kyrgyzstan].
Attacks would normally be rare, restricted only to instances when a wolf is suffering from extreme hunger. But they are no longer a rarity. Some of the stories tell of savage assaults. Passing a field in the Chui region of Kyrgyzstan, a taxi driver, Bakyt Mailiev, said, “recently on this field, wolves threw themselves on two tractor drivers. One managed to save himself by hiding in the tractor, but in front of his very eyes the wolves ate his colleague. All that remained of the man were a few body parts. Since then, we’ve been afraid of getting out of the car in these parts.”
Incredibly, some hunters are now literally resorting to gas warfare to deal with the population increase.
About 83 percent of the countries indicated that wolf numbers were stable or increasing, while 17 percent suggested they were decreasing.
The article did not specify a reason for this population explosion.