Awhile back I wrote about one of my adventures in risk assessment. This involved identifying the risks to a Business Continuity site located in a rural area outside a large metropolitan area.
When Havoc Strikes
What happens to Spot when havoc strikes?
The U.S. Humane Society say that 46% of U.S. households own at least one dog and there are 78.2 million dogs owned. In the Canadian Census of 2006 there were 6,070,783 dogs in Canada.
After a prolonged catastrophic event, feral dogs will form packs and begin to hunt. They have all the tools they need — fangs, claws, and a fur coat to keep warm. Feral dogs will interbreed with other canids. Over time, you will encounter dog-wolf and dog-coyote hybrids. The domestic dog ancestry will ensure that they are not afraid of man, and their offspring will inherit this trait.
Feral dogs have better noses, better ears, and sharper teeth than humans. Their reflexes are faster, they possess better protection from the elements, and they move through the environment in near silence. They will attack as a pack and they will do so silently. Their arsenal includes stealth and surprise. When they don’t fear us, we are at a disadvantage.
The dog pack will be hunting you. You’re not the hunter, you’re prey. How good is your gun-handling? Can you hit a 2 foot tall predator charging at you? How about several of them at once?
Security in such a situation will entail modified small unit tactics, marksmanship, and muzzle control. This client took our advice on training and on-site rehearsals. Twelve bore shotguns and 30-30 lever-action rifles won’t get a doomsday prepper’s heart racing, but they get the job done safely when combined with proper training, rehearsals, and forethought.
Note: This article about an attack by a pack of feral dogs appeared in one of my news feeds:
Houston woman in critical condition after pack of 15 dogs attack
This clearly illustrates how dangerous a pack of feral dogs can be. Even feral cats can inflict dangerous wounds as illustrated by this article:
Warning to tourists in France after attack by feral cats