Victoria police issued an alert Saturday afternoon after a confirmed wolf sighting in James Bay.
Police posted a tweet shortly before 4 p.m.
A resident captured video of the wolf heading down Michigan Street towards Montreal Street.
Resident captures video of wolf in James Bay Saturday, as it headed down Michigan Street towards Montreal Street. Conservation officers believe it might be a well-known wolf who lives on Discovery and Chatham Islands.
Video courtesy of Thomas Hanratty
Posted by Victoria Buzz on Sunday, January 26, 2020
Police and BC Conservation officers are responding to the area.
Patrol officers are attending parks and areas with children in James Bay. They are asking that people keep pets and children inside for the time being.
Conservation officers say it might be a well-known wolf who lives on Discovery and Chatham Islands.
The greater the space between people and wolves, the safer it is for both of them. If a wolf appears and acts unafraid or aggressive, take the following action as soon as you notice the animal:
- Begin scare tactic immediately, well before the wolf is within 100 metres. Do not allow the wolf to approach any closer than 100 metres.
- Raise your arms and wave them in the air to make yourself appear larger. Use noise makers (i.e. air horns), throw sticks, rocks and sand at the wolf, to scare wolves away.
- When in a group, act in unison to send a clear message to the wolves they are not welcome.
- If the wolf displays aggressive behaviour, back away slowly, do not turn your back on the wolf.
- Use pepper spray if you have it and the skills to use it safely. Be aware of the range and operating conditions of the product you are using.
ALERT | A confirmed wolf sighting has been made in James Bay. Patrol officers & BC Conservation officers are responding. Follow this link for info on what to do if you spot it: https://t.co/WrKiZsoGxc #yyj pic.twitter.com/lqZzjD1dMb
— Victoria Police (@vicpdcanada) January 25, 2020
UPDATE: VicPD are standing down from #JamesBayWolf2020 alert status as they have no new sightings. Officers will remain on the look out. Police are asking people to keep pets indoors overnight. If you spot the wolf, call 911.