VANCOUVER – The Prince Rupert RCMP and the British Columbia Conservation Officer Service have issued a warning about wolf sightings in urban areas.
In the past month, Mounties say they have responded to 14 wolf-related calls after sightings near homes.
“Currently we have met with conservation officers and are developing a strategy to deal with these issues,” said Cst. Matt Ericson, spokesman for the Prince Rupert RCMP Detachment. “Although wolves may seem intimidating in most circumstances they are more afraid of you, however there are some simple precautions that community members can take to deter wolves from urban areas.”
They have released some tips for the public as well.
Remove all potential food sources from outdoor area (ie: garbage)Thoroughly clean areas where game may have been quarteredSupervise young children when out playing or walkingDo not leave small pets unattended in outdoor area
If You Encounter a Wolf:
Do not runStay calmBack away slowly while facing the animalLeave the wolf a way to escapePick up small children without bending downRaise your voice and speak firmlyIf the wolf approaches or acts aggressively, wave your arms and make yourself look as large as possibleShout, make noise and throw any available objects
Mounties say in the very unlikely event that you are attacked by a wolf, fight back. Try to remain standing and use rocks, sticks, tools, and your hands to fend off the animal. Keep the animal away from your head and neck area.
If anyone sees wolves in the urban areas of Prince Rupert or sees them behaving aggressively, contact the Prince Rupert RCMP immediately at 250-624-0700 or contact the BC Conservation Officer Service at 1-877-952-7277.