You already know how to avert a werewolf attack, but what if avoidance isn’t an option? What if your only choice is to go into full-on assault mode, and face those pissed-off lycanthropes head on? The most amiable “Teen Wolves” (+1, Chris Argent) were forced to do just that when Boyd and Cora went rogue after being held in captivity by the sinister Deucalion during last week’s episode. Naturally, werewolves aren’t especially skilled at hunting themselves, so Derek, Scott and Isaac sought out Mr. Argent’s years of experience to help ’em out.
In the event you find yourself in a similar werewolf-huntin’ predicament, you best be prepared. Lucky for you, you have us to provide the Argent-approved 411:
Focus on your sense of smell
The nose knows. Bona fide werewolves are known to track their prey by scent alone, from as far as two miles away. Now, obviously humans are not as skilled in the schnoz department as mythological animal hybrids, so you’ve gotta train your nose to sniff out danger by shutting off your other senses (like sight) to enhance your smelling ability. If you get a whiff of tinny blood breath or sweaty hair, you’re on the right
Notice that we didn’t say “paw prints.” Most werewolves have feet that are closer to human than animal, albeit a bit hairier and slightly clawed (or in Kali’s case, heavily clawed). You can get a general sense of which direction the wolves you’re hunting are headed by carefully investigating their prints in the local forest.
Invest in a pair of infrared night-vision goggles
When werewolves transform under a full moon, their metabolism inevitably increases, making their temperature rise. Infrared (aka thermal imaging) technology makes it possible to see these hot, fanged fur balls in even the darkest conditions. Make like the “Predator” and purchase a fancy pair of goggs with that extra $10,000 you’ve obviously got lying around, or craft your own on the cheap.
Lure them into a booby trap
Like a cartoon mouse to a block of Swiss cheese, lycanthropes are drawn to flesh and blood. While a rope net or a tripwire can temporarily work as your wolf trap, a ring of Mountain Ash (found in Northern California) is your best bet. Gently prick your finger — don’t chop off a limb or anything — and smear a bit of blood in the center of the trap to attract them to their doom.
Once you’ve cornered your werewolf in a Mountain Ash prison, there are many ways in which you can off the supernatural creature. A popular method is to poison your prey with wolf’s bane — a lavender flower which can be found in most mountainous meadows. The best way to do this is to shoot the critter with a wolf’s bane-laced bullet; or, if you’re daring enough to get close, a sharp spear dipped in the stuff also works.
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