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Wolf sightings on the rise in Prince Rupert

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.

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2 comments

  1. I don’t consider wolves on Kaien Island a “problem”. Don’t forget that we are the ones who developed in their “home” and it is our duty to share it respectfully. On many occasions I have been out on hikes or walks and have encountered wolves. Stay calm, mind your business and walk away – I can guarantee that wolf wants nothing to do with you. If you have a pet with you, keep it close and be aware of your surroundings.

    In response to this article, in the last two weeks I, myself, have noticed a spike in wolf sightings. Last week I encountered two larger ones (one black and one grey) on the West side of town and this week I encountered a smaller one on the East side of town twice. On all of these occasions both the wolves and myself kept to ourselves and moved on.

    I think we need to be more worried about humankind’s intentions than the wildlife in Prince Rupert. We should just be happy wildlife can continue to thrive in today’s world.

  2. Wolves have always been a part of Prince Rupert…they follow the deer and the streams. Just like all the bears I encountered w hile growing up….back track and go another way!

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