Wolves hold a special and fearful place in the human imagination. After all, the idea of the werewolf has terrified us for almost two millennia. A form of the werewolf appears in ancient Greek sources, although the concept began truly flourishing in European myths from the fifteenth century onwards. It soon spread to America, and even led to so-called werewolves being persecuted and killed as part of the international witch trials. It’s hard to imagine another animal creating quite the same kind of fear – weremooses, weresheep and even werefoxes just don’t feel quite as chilling.
The chance of seeing a wolf vs lion play out in nature is almost non-existent, but that doesn’t mean we can’t play out the scenario by examining some key facts about wolves and lions. Let’s delve into this information so we can figure out where we’d place our bets.