The Kirov wolf attacks were a series of man-eating wolf attacks on humans which occurred from 1944–1954 in nine raions (districts) of the 120,800 km2 Kirov Oblast of the Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic which resulted in the deaths of 22 children and teenagers between the ages of 3 and 17. In all cases, the attacks occurred in the April to December period, coinciding with the wolf's cubbing season.
During World War II, wolves in the Kirov Oblast began to increase in number and develop bold behaviours toward humans, coinciding with the conscription of Kirov hunters into the Red Army, and the requisition of firearms from villages. Wolves were common in all human-inhabited parts of the Kirov Oblast during the War period, including village outskirts. During the War period, the number of cattle and dogs which the wolves usually fed upon in Kirov diminished. Two hundred wolf packs had been counted in the area's forests, and sightings of