After almost half a year working in a hostel in Tbilisi, spring has come and it is far warmer than anywhere further west in Europe so I'm going to hitchhike around Georgia with my tent in warm areas.

I've hitchhiked a lot in countries some people consider dodgy and camped in random spots when it got too late to get more rides just a few times and I usually feel pretty safe.

But the one thing I do always worry about is packs of feral dogs. And of course their natural but just as dangerous cousins, wolves.

Do I need to worry about such animals in Georgia, and if so, in which parts? Or are there some tips to mitigate any risks?

  • 3
    I live in Bulgaria and here feral dogs are only an issue in populated areas. I've been told to watch out for wolves in the country, but I don't know much about where. Apr 15, 2012 at 10:46
  • 2
    Interesting question! I know that wolves are exactly zero risk in the USA, and I've camped in some very "doggy" regions in the USA and Mexico without concern. I'll be interested to see what other people say.
    – Greg.Ley
    Apr 16, 2012 at 2:09
  • 3
    @Greg.Ley -- Feral dogs are definitely NOT zero risk in the U.S. I'm not sure what qualifies as "very", but here in Georgia (state) people have been attacked, and they pose risks to humans, game, and livestock both directly and as rabies vectors. Jun 12, 2012 at 20:01
  • 1
    wolf distribution : upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/9/9f/Wolf_distr.gif - so apparently you may happen to encounter some in some parts of Georgia ...
    – mojzis
    Jun 13, 2012 at 9:49
  • 1
    @hippietrail - how did you get on?
    – Rory Alsop
    Aug 8, 2012 at 15:17

1 Answer 1


According to @mojzis' link, there is a chance of wolves:

enter image description here

So perhaps the most useful recommendation would be to speak to locals in each area you travel to, to understand what areas are considered safe, and whether they have local guidelines on food storage, proximity to open areas, gun permits etc.

And of course that guidance would hold for any such area.

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service and acknowledge you have read our privacy policy.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.