Wolf encounters are on the rise in Prince Rupert.
While it’s not uncommon to see wolves in the north coast city, there has been a recent spike in complaints.
Conservation officer Gareth Scrivner says there is a wolf pack on Kaien Island, but says coastal packs are much smaller than those found in the interior.
He says from what he’s heard, it’s likely a single wolf causing all the sightings.
He says wolves are most likely interested in small mammals as prey, which is a concern for small dogs and cats.
Coun. Nelson Kinney says something must be done about the “wolf problem,” after telling council about one woman who had to leap into a passing car to escape with her dog as a wolf nipped at her ankles.
Despite this, Scrivner says in his seven years as a conservation officer, he’s never heard of a wolf attacking a human.
The only biting incident he can recall was a habituated coyote that nipped a person.