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In Israel's Ein Gedi, Tourists' Trash Lures Wolves out of the Shadows -- and into Trouble

posted Nov 10, 2017, 5:28 PM by chloe owens

10/9/17, by Sarah Keartes, Earth Touch News

In Israel’s Ein Gedi, tourists’ trash lures wolves out of the shadows – and into trouble

The Arabian wolf is usually just a shadowy presence in the rugged landscape of Israel's Ein Gedi Nature Reserve. Recently, however, the area's unique, desert-adapted hunters have been getting some more attention – for the wrong reasons. A string of attacks on visitors by wolves living within the park has caused alarm among park rangers and the public alike. According to wildlife officials, the wolves appear to be associating tourists with food. This dangerous situation has been evolving for some time, they say, and it could have been prevented…wolfish inhabitants of Ein Gedi have become much less elusive, with reports coming in of animals approaching tourists and raiding camp sites.