Lone wolf in northern B.C. destroyed after stalking walkers, killing dog

copyrighted wolf in water

The wolf on the header of this site:https://www.facebook.com/groups/251083981900420/                  looks like part of a pack we saw in that area in 2005 or so….

 

Locals tracked wolf and warned neighbours on Facebook

By Betsy Trumpener, CBC News
< http://www.cbc.ca/news/cbc-news-online-news-staff-list-1.1294364> Posted:
Apr 12, 2016 9:10 PM PT Last Updated: Apr 12, 2016 9:10 PM PT

Prince Rupert resident Mariana Hülsen spotted this wolf, which approached
and growled at her.
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erivatives/16x9_620/lone-wolf.jpg>

Prince Rupert resident Mariana Hülsen spotted this wolf, which approached
and growled at her. ( Mariana Hülsen/Facebook)

Conservation officials have killed a lone wolf that was prowling city
streets in Prince Rupert, B.C.

Conservation officer Ryan Gordon says the wolf had been approaching people
and recently killed a dog in a backyard. He says the wolf was severely
underweight and coming too close for comfort.

“It was showing elevated levels of interest in people and increased
habituation levels towards people, especially people out walking their
pets,” said Gordon, who fielded numerous complaints over several months.

In March, a woman walking her dog in daylight was stalked by the wolf.
< http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/a-lone-wolf-stalks-a-waterfr
ont-dog-walker-in-prine-rupert-1.3514900>

Neighbours share wolf warnings

Prince Rupert residents tracked the wolf’s movements and posted sightings on
a special Facebook page
< https://www.facebook.com/groups/251083981900420/?ref=br_rs> to warn
neighbours when the wolf was nearby.

Recently, the wolf was spotted pacing near a red van, playing near a
Petro-Canada station, and prowling a hotel parking lot.

One resident posted that the wolf approached from the local fish plant and
< https://www.facebook.com/20531316728/posts/10154009990506729/> “growled at
us.”

A mother asked, “Any more wolf sightings? I would like to go running with my
child today.”

Conservation officials had advised people to keep small children close by,
leash their dogs, carry bear spray, and avoid wooded areas at dawn and dusk.

The wolf was destroyed April 7, and Gordon says wolf complaints have stopped
since then.

Gordon says wolves are common on the fringes of Prince Rupert and are often
drawn in to the city while chasing deer. He says the city’s wolves tend to
be more habituated to humans than in other parts of the northwest.

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/lone-wolf-destroyed-after-pro
wling-city-streets-1.3532927

https://www.facebook.com/groups/251083981900420/

 

4 thoughts on “Lone wolf in northern B.C. destroyed after stalking walkers, killing dog

  1. Sad. As the human population keeps exploding and as housing developments grow and more wildlife is opened up for recreation, it will be harder for wildlife to stay away. The death toll will climb.

    I wonder about the history of the wolf. He was noted to be thin, was hanging around a town, and killed a dog. Was he sick or injured? Were other members of his wolf family killed, leaving him to survive on his own. Maybe no one cared to find out. As long as he was dead and no threat, it didn’t matter:(

  2. As time goes on, it’s going to be harder and harder to keep wildlife non-habituated to humans.

    Of course, the important thing was:

    “A mother asked, “Any more wolf sightings? I would like to go running with my
    child today.””

    I’ve noticed a lot more development in my once-rural town, see and hear less wildlife, and more automobiles. I see the world having nothing but humans and automobiles (and cattle, no fish) someday. What a boring picture. 😦

  3. Also, I take a lot of these reports with a grain of salt, as in I don’t believe a word. So many lies have been perpetrated against wolves that I don’t believe anything.

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