Arctic Wisdom: Hungry Like The Wolf

Mother Nature waits for no man. On an all-new Life Below Zero, the extreme cold of Alaska’s winter is finally in full force, making it increasingly difficult for the survivalists to gather resources for the upcoming months.

For Erik, his subsistence way of life is complicated by the incoming chill. Trapping and hunting for animals keeps him alive in the bush, providing food sources and valuable pelts he can sell. But it’s harder to point a gun or trek to a trap when the weather’s at subzero temperatures, and Erik is running out of time.

From his home in Wiseman, Alaska, a mere 62 miles from the Arctic circle, Erik heads out onto the tundra in the hopes of bringing in a valuable pelt. A valuable opportunity arises when he spies a wolf in the distance, its pelt valued at $1500 in the market. The wolf is thousands of yards away, but Erik is confident in his shooting skills, even with the cold making his hand shake. Unfortunately, the wolf has other plans.


Erik narrowly misses the shot, disappointed that he just let $1500 escape. He follows the trail of the wolf’s escape, looking for a trail of blood to indicate an injury, but finds nothing. With a rough start to his trapping season and a missed opportunity to snag a wolf pelt, Erik is feeling discouraged.


Unfortunately, Erik can’t seem to catch a break at his next outing, either. After missing the chance at the wolf pelt, he heads out on another trek, making rabbit calls to lure in predators. He spots another valuable prey: a unique dark red fox, whose hide can fetch a few hundred dollars. Erik goes to tee up a shot, but the freezing weather strikes at the worst possible time.


As the fox runs away, Erik hustles to get his gun working with expert speed, dropping down and squeezing off a shot in time to take down the fox. The bounty isn’t as much as the elusive wolf, but Erik still manages to bring in a valuable fox pelt to sell.



Watch the all-new Life Below Zero this Thursday at 9P.



  1. Lee Shelton
    May 16, 2014, 9:39 pm

    This guy just appears to like killing things are there not some regulations on what time of year that you are allowed to kill and or snare certain animals…it seems like if it moves you can kill it
    Also a snare can catch any animal that comes by and if you forget where you set them up the poor animal freezes or starves to death

  2. Nancy
    September 13, 2014, 3:58 pm

    This guy makes a living killing beautiful aminals just for the fur. Which is most likely sold to China. How does he sleep at night. Hope he gets caught in one of his own traps and freezes to death.

  3. E Williams
    April 20, 11:33 am

    This guy Erik Salitan makes me sick. He’s a trapper, which of course means he sets heavy-iron sawtoothed spring-loaded traps, baited, so that in his absence an animal will step into it so that it snaps shut on a leg, usually shattering bone, and the animal suffers hideous pain hour after hour until a day, or several days later, Salitan returns to get the poor dead or dying animal.

    Trapped animals suffer so greatly that sometimes they’ll chew of their own trapped leg trying to free themselves. Can you imagine the pain? It is a brutal, primitive form of hunting. Salitan obviously cares less about these animals’ suffering than he does the cash he makes selling their hides.

    On this TV show he tortures countless animals this way, including rare species — fox, lynx and wolverine. He traps bears and even wolves.

    Animal trapping is animal torture.