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Wolf experts challenge Arian Foster’s wolf-fighting comments

Former NFL running back Arian Foster engaged in an arguably absurd Twitter commentary over the weekend about how he could beat a wolf in a fight.

Foster’s comments were hopefully hypothetical and made in jest. Let’s go with the presumption Foster has no intent of going mano-a-wolf-o. But if it ever came to fruition and Foster decided he wanted to engage in an inter-species battle with the apex predator, members of the wolf expert community have a piece of advice:

Don’t do it. The case is made that Foster may live to regret it, if he somehow manages to even survive.

The International Wolf Center, based in Ely, Minn., has called out Foster in a statement, suggesting to even forward such a scenario is foolish.

As relayed by CBS Sports:

Weighing in at 230 lbs., Arian certainly would have the wolf beat in size. But that may not be to his advantage. North American grey wolves typically weigh a lot less (65-130 pounds), and it is common that they are significantly smaller than their prey. That said, an experienced wolf can kill a half-ton bison or musk ox all by itself, although in the wild wolves more typically hunt as pack.

Point, wolf.

To Arian’s point, wolves do not have thumbs, nor do they need them. Wolves use incredible upper body features and strength to take down their prey. Their bite is intense and crippling; they crack the bones of their prey and have powerful muscles in their neck to take down and disable animals that can be five to ten times their size or more. This is where Arian’s theory of being able to go after them by the neck would likely not work.

Foster’s tweets somehow descended into even more comical arguments, including how he holds an advantage because wolves can’t read, among other things.

In essence, the International Wolf Center strongly advises Foster to avoid fighting a wolf, let alone coming into contact with one.

pointing out that wolves are “strong, intelligent predators that should be respected and left alone in the wild.”

Seems like sound advice.

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