Thursday, March 24, 2016

Councillor Kinney warns of growing number of interactions between humans and wolves

With the arrival of spring, the reports are growing of increased interactions between wolves, local residents and at times their pets.

The issue was brought to the attention of Council on Monday by Councillor Nelson Kinney who took a few moments towards the end of Monday's session to outline a few incidents that had been brought to his attention by residents and to seek some remedy for the issue from Council for local residents.

Councillor Barry Cunningham noted that a number of residents don't take the required step of informing the province properly about such incidents, a process which requires contacting the Conservation Office in Terrace to report wolf sightings or situations of concern in the community.

From those official reports, the Terrace based Conservation Officers respond to situations on the North Coast depending on the number of complaints they receive and the nature of the contact with humans.

Some background on the process that the Conservation Office considers in the event of a wildlife-human interaction can be found on their website here.

Further contact information for the Conservation Service can be found here.

A toll free number is available for residents to use to report incident it's 1-877-952-7277.

The topic of wolves recently went viral from Prince Rupert with a local resident posting a video of a wolf making use of a toy in a back yard in the city, that video spread through social media and was recently picked up by Global BC as well as locally by CFTK TV 7.

The Council notes related to the wolf concerns can be reviewed from the City's Video Archive starting at the one hour five minute mark.

For more items related to Monday's Council session see our Council Timeline feature.

You can find more items on City Council discussions from our Council Discussion Archive page,

As well, items of interest concerning incidents involving Northwest Emergency responders can be found on our Monthly archive page.

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