Wolf sightings rise in isolated B.C. coastal town

Wolf sightings rise in isolated B.C. coastal town
CBC News
Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Residents of Prince Rupert, B.C., are getting nervous about the number of wolves turning up around town.

In less than a year, there have been 136 wolf sightings reported by the residents of the isolated coastal community.

The wolves have been spotted at the golf course, in backyards, even prowling around the civic centre, drawn to the city’s population of wild deer. There have also been reports they have been stalking small pets.

Mayor Herb Pond told CBC News that his own close encounter with a pair of wolves was unnerving. “When that second wolf sort of popped out from the woods behind me, I thought, oh, I’m glad I’m in my car.”

Pond respects the wolves’ place in the wild, but he said it is a different story when they start trotting through town.

Earlier this year, the province declared an open hunting season on wolves in some parts of the north to help protect endangered caribou herds. Pond, however, said there are no plans to cull the wolf pack around Prince Rupert.

Conservation Officer Chris Pryce agreed killing the wolves is not the solution because a new pack would soon take their place.

“Wolves are natural to this area. I think what we’d like to see is a reduction in that habituation, so the wolves stay outside of town,” Pryce told CBC News.

So far there have been no reports of the wolves attacking humans, but some of the wolves appear to have lost their fear of humans, creating what the mayor calls a challenging situation.
“When wolves come into our backyards, we need to make sure people feel safe,” Pond said.


update on the local wolves.

The last few months, we have seen and heard the local wolf (Canis lupus) pack in and around Prince Rupert, B.C. more than usual. The wolves last week have been spotted on the east of town, and can be heard howling in the evening and in the morning, We have also heard of one confirmed case were a dog was snatched and killed by a wolf. As of today the wolves seem to be on the west side of town near the golf course. This weekend I will be going out and trying to photograph them in the snow.

You have to love small towns, you can not say a negative thing about someone before it gets back to them. This seems to be happening as more locals find my website. Here are some comments that have gotten back to me and my wife.

“no one can get that close to take a picture without bating them”
“they are the reason that the wolves are coming into town”

All I have to say is “I don’t care what you think, we don’t bait, we spent lots of time; day and night tracking them.

We don’t bait wolves, the wolves that we have taken pictures of have been the one and two year old wolves, these wolves are inquisitive and will come up to a person, we are always in control of the situation and if a wolf gets to close we throw rocks or sticks at it, (not before I get some video or photo’s)

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