Wolves were commonly found in territory mainly around the 17th century, but they still live here today. These predatory beasts are shy, but it's a bad idea to toy with them. It may not always be entirely safe. However, we know of a place where it is safe! Would you like to observe wolves in the wild? Head to Šumava!
The Srní Visitor Center, built in 2015, will introduce you to the life of wolves and their coexistence with humans. And just a few steps away, you can start your visit to the wolves! The main attraction of the area is a 300 meter long wooden path above the ground, from where you can observe these beautiful wild beasts in a 3-hectare enclosure. Sometimes they are really well hidden and it takes a lot of patience before you spot them. There are several observation shelters on the trail for this purpose. The problem are not only uneducated children, but also noisy adults that scare the wolves away. Hopefully you'll get lucky!
Your kids will love the search for wolves! And if they stop enjoying themselves, they can have fun on the playground, which is located right next to the Visitor Center building. Unfortunately, your dogs won't be able to see live wolves! For obvious reasons, they are not allowed to enter the area. Before you walk the trail, you can leave your four-legged friends at a special pen near the entrance for a while.
If you want to take a little longer walk than just 300 meters, you can try the 2 km educational trail, which is a great source of fun and knowledge for children. You'll get to learn many interesting facts about local beasts, plants and trees.
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In the Czech Republic, wolves can be found mainly in the mountains of Šumava, Jeseníky and Beskydy, but also in Bohemian Switzerland or even in the Třeboň region. They typically hide in the woods, but can occasionally appear near human dwellings, which might be quite dangerous! No killing of a human by a wolf in the wild has been reported in Europe for about 50 years. But if the animal has rabies, it can bite several people at a time. However, even though wolves can attack in self-defense, attacks on humans are extremely rare.
The wolf is a wild beast, an untamend and vigilant animal, and its domestication is a very complex process that may not be successful. Yet people strive for it. Wolves are not dogs, they have no desire to cooperate with humans, even if they were born and live in captivity. They have strong instincts and you'll never know if your seemingly tamed wolf won't turn against you one day. They are always alert, extremely careful and distrustful, which helps them survive in the wild. So let's leave them there!