Wolf Reality Check
You’re more likely to be killed by lightning, ATVs or even elevators than killed by a wolf.
Think that’s a joke?
Beyond all the hyped up hysteria about wolves, the truth is that an average of 33 people are killed by lightning in the U.S. every year.1 An average of 413 people die per year in the U.S from ATVs2 and there are another 26 fatalities3 on average caused by elevators in the U.S. each year.
The average number of people killed by wolves per year in the Lower-48?? Zero. In the 21st century, only two known deaths have been attributed to wild wolves in all of North America.4
So ignore extremists trying to scare you about the threats posed by wolves. It’s nonsense. Their claims are based on fairytales, not reality.
The truth is that those in Washington have always valued our natural heritage. Now, a key missing part of that heritage is coming back: the gray wolf. Seventy one percent of Washingtonians want to see wolves restored.5
Washington can live with wolves again just as it does with all of its other wildlife. And people of Washington can use reasonable means to resolve conflicts instead of ineffective wolf-killing programs.6
Get the facts:
Washington Residents: Take Action
- Contact the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission; urge them to increase support for non-lethal wolf management measures, working pro-actively with livestock operators to avoid conflicts. You can send an email to: Commission@dfw.wa.gov
- Let your state legislators know that you value restoring wolves in Washington and that you support the state taking common sense measures that protect wolves and rural communities. Click here to find your representatives.
- Attend a local “meet-up” with other wolf supporters to learn more. Click here to see if there are any upcoming events in your area.
 10 year average. Data collected 1940-2013. Weather Fatalities. (2013). Office of Climate, Water, and Weather Services, National Weather Service.
 Average deaths in the U.S. from 1997-2003. Deaths and Injuries Involving Elevators and Escalators - A Report of the Center To Protect Workers' Rights. (2006). Center for Construction Research and Training. Electronic Library of Construction Occupational Safety & Health.
 Average deaths in the U.S. from 1982 – 2012. Topping, J., Garland, S. (2014). 2012 Annual Report of ATV-Related Deaths and Injuries. U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission
 McNay, M. E. (2007) A Review of Evidence and Findings Related to the Death of Kenton Carnegie on 8 November 2005 Near Points North, Saskatchewan. Alaska Department of Fish and Game.
 Tulchin, B., Krompak, B. (2013). New Poll Finds Strong Support for Wolf Protection in Western States. Tulchin Research.
 Wielgus, R., Peebles, K. (2014) Effects of Wolf Mortality on Livestock Depredations. PloS ONE. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0113505