More wolves Shot In Town.

4 wolf pups in one yearBecause of the citizen complaints this year, the wolf pack is being decimated, first and foremost a habituated wolf is a dead wolf, once a wolf looses its fear of humans and understands that humans = food they will move closer to the new food source. I think the wolves in town have moved in closer this year as the pack has changed over the last 4 years, these wolves are younger and inexperienced maybe I’m being a bit naive but these wolves are well fed unlike the pack of 6 years ago that I photographed, these wolves in town are well fed and mostly moved into town not because they are going after feral cats and our garbage but because of the habituated deer. Prince Rupert has a large deer population and because they don’t fear man or their pets they make easy prey for the wolves. I have walked behind Ominica Ave towards Mount Hays and its littered with deer skeletons.

When the wolves came into town to hunt the deer they also had an another food source our garbage so many people put their garbage out at the road edge in the evening with out proper garbage cans this attacks animals mostly crows and seagulls but of late also the wolves.

We live in the middle of the forest we are surrounded by thick rain forest and ocean with its many coastal islands this area has a rich and diverse eco system that has been hear far longer then any human. just because humans build a town on an island we expect to push the wild life out,I have heard people talk about why these animals don’t stay in the forest or why they cant stay out of city limits. but the reality is that animals cant read and have no understanding of property lines and city limits.


Conservation officer shoots wolf in Prince Rupert, expects sightings will decrease

The Provincial Government warns people not to leave their pets, and more importantly children, unsupervised if a wolf has been spotted in the area.

Healthy Wolf Shot….

Conservation officers from Terrace believe the number of wolf sightings in town may slow down after a wolf was put down in Prince Rupert on Dec. 18.

“We received many complaints [and we believe] a majority of those complaints came from one wolf. Hopefully that one is gone now,” Dale Kluivers, a conservation officer from the Terrace office, said.

Complaints from Rupertites included a wolf following both humans and pets, with those complaining describing a similar fur pattern on the animal bothering them.

“This particular wolf was acting bolder and bolder and losing its natural fear of humans. It was associating people with food… So that’s why it was following people,” Kluivers said.

Kluivers came to Prince Rupert on Tuesday and located a wolf in the Park Avenue area fitting the description and shot it due to safety concerns.

“If one bear, cougar or wolf gets habituated and acts unnaturally it will show up all over… Wolves move around pretty quick,” he said.

But Kluivers does acknowledge there are more wolves in the community, informing the Prince Rupert Northern View the Conservation Office has received 72 calls regarding wolves this year, with 70 of them coming in after Nov. 7.

Of these complaints, the majority are said to have come from the 2nd Avenue West and Park Ave. area, as well as the 6th, 7th and 11th Avenue East and Seal Cove areas.

“There’s a healthy wolf population on the island because there’s a healthy deer population. There’s also lots of stray cats [for wolves to prey on],” Kluivers said.

The RCMP have also been receiving numerous calls regarding wolves. Constable Matt Ericson, spokesman for the Prince Rupert RCMP, said there have been 11 calls received regarding wolf sightings since November, with the RCMP receiving eight of those calls in December. Ericson said a majority of the sightings came from the Moresby or Sherbrooke area, with Ericson speculating the wild animals are coming down from the mountain.

Jack Mussallem, mayor of Prince Rupert, points to the time of year for the number of wolf spottings.

“People notice wolves more at this time of year. I think that’s largely because the sources of food that are readily available, such as small animals, [are now obscured] because of the snow and some smaller animals wolves would normally eat are in hibernation,” he said.

Mussallem didn’t imply the City would be pushing for a Conservation Office to be opened in Prince Rupert in the near future, however he said down the line he would like to see a Ministry of Environment office opened in the community.

“As Prince Rupert gets busier I’m hoping to see the Provincial Government start to concentrate on our area more,” he said.

Information on the Provincial Government’s website states it isn’t common for wolves to attack or pursue humans and if problems between the two occur it may be attributed to wolves becoming comfortable with people as a result of direct or indirect feeding. The website also warns British Columbians it’s an offence to feed dangerous wildlife.

Additionally, Kluivers said wolves are naturally shy of humans, but can become habituated if humans do not act threatening around the wild animals.

The government says people should not allow a wolf to come within 100 metres of them. If individuals see a wolf they should try to make themselves look larger by raising their arms and waving them in the air. People are reminded not to turn their backs to a wolf, but to back away slowly.

Although for the most part wolves tend to stay away from humans, there have been reported incidents of wolves attacking, even killing, pets in Prince Rupert a number of years ago.

To avoid having your pet targeted by a wolf, Kluivers reminds pet owners to keep dogs on a leash while walking them. If a wolf can be seen keep the dog close and pick the dog up and slowly back away if the dog is small enough.

“The wolf will just see a little dog as prey, like a cat,” he said.

Is killing wolves the best way to stop attacks?

By Dawn Walton
Toronto Globe and Mail — April 10, 2006

CALGARY, Alberta — For generations, ranchers have believed that the only good wolf is a dead wolf. But a new study finds that bringing out the traps and shotguns soon after cattle and sheep have become dinner for hungry wolves isn’t the most effective way to protect livestock. “People and government agencies kill wolves as a reaction,” said study lead author Marco Musiani, a professor at the University of Calgary‘s faculty of environmental design. “This reaction is a corrective, punitive reaction, which doesn’t contribute to decreasing the number of wolf attacks in a region.” Jim Pissot, executive director of Defenders of Wildlife Canada, said his group has noticed that wolf culls don’t work and is trying to raise money to help ranchers cover the costs of protecting livestock. “Using lethal methods to reduce depredation may be a little like imprisoning shoplifters as the only method to address shoplifting — if you add the additional condition that prospective shoplifters (even those not yet born) don’t hear about the penalty,” he said.
The research, published in a recent issue of the Wildlife Society Bulletin and presented this week at the North American Wolf Conference, examined livestock deaths due to wolves in Alberta 1982-96 as well as in Idaho, Montana and Wyoming from 1987 to 2003. In Alberta, there were 1,021 wolf attacks on domestic animals that left them injured or dead during the study period. At the same time, at least 795 wolves were killed. (Canada does not require reporting of wolf deaths, so the number could be higher.) The three U.S. states had 253 wolf attacks and 861 domestic animals killed. During the study period, 120 wolves were killed. The monetary loss to the agriculture industry — in things such as meat, wool, milk, labor and surveillance — is more difficult to quantify. But the data showed that wolf attacks came seasonally, such as during calving time, as cattle are grazing and when wolf pups are born. At the same time, short-term wolf culls — generally aimed at “problem individuals” — did little to disrupt the patterns. “Even if entire wolf packs are extirpated through control actions, neighboring or dispersing individuals may readily fill home range vacancies,” the report concludes.
Culls are no longer a primary management tool, but the practice hasn’t disappeared — nor has the controversy. Right now, the Alberta government is killing wolves, which are not endangered species, in a bid to protect some threatened woodland caribou, dubbed the Little Smoky herd, near Hinton, not far from Jasper National Park. The province says the caribou in that area are at “immediate risk” of vanishing. There were between 250 and 300 caribou in the area 15 years ago. Now the herd is down to 100. About 150 wolves from several packs overlap the caribou range. “The wolves are the primary cause of mortality in the caribou,” said Dave Ealey, a spokesman with Alberta Sustainable Resource Development, who also cites weather and human development as contributing factors. A cull is currently under way aimed at reducing the number of wolves in that area by 50 to 70 per cent. (Scientists have found that to cut depredation effectively, 30 to 50 per cent of a region’s wolf herd must be killed periodically over a span of several years.)
The Alberta Wilderness Association describes the wolf cull as a “misguided and short-sighted” attempt to protect the caribou. David Samson, a conservation specialist with the association, said the province is failing to protect the caribou habitat from industrial encroachment. Oil and gas leases are still being handed out. Roads and seismic line cuts remove protection. “The long-term problem with the predators comes because it’s easier for the predators to be there,” Samson said. Distributed by Scripps Howard News Service.

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