Victoria police have confirmed that the wolf roaming around James Bay for nearly two days has been captured.
On Saturday just after 3 p.m., VicPD responded to the neighbourhood after an Animal Control officer spotted the wolf.
Several other sightings of the wolf, along with photographs and video, were also reported that day.
Police asked residents in James Bay to keep their children and pets indoors out of an abundance of caution while they worked to locate the animal.
Resident captures video of wolf in James Bay Saturday, as it headed down Michigan Street towards Montreal Street….
Sightings of the animal stopped just after 5 p.m. yesterday, but police maintained a presence in the area.
Just before 3 p.m. today, multiple reports of the wolf being sighted were again shared. Patrol officers, alongside members of the Greater Victoria Emergency Response Team (GVERT), responded and were able to locate the wolf.
Officers worked to create a safety cordon around the wolf to allow it space and distance as it made its way through James Bay, and it was tacked to an area between a fence and building in the 200-block of Michigan Street.
Police were able to safely contain the wolf, which appeared to sleep at the time – VicPD again asked those in the area to keep children and pets indoors.
While some residents of the 200-block of Michigan came out to see what was occurring, they cooperated with officers to maintain a safe distance – it was important to keep the area quiet and calm to allow the wolf to rest and remain safely contained.
Just after 6 p.m., B.C. Conservation Service officers arrived. Working alongside the VicPD officers already on scene, they tranquilized the wolf and safely removed it from the area.
The wolf was not injured during the capture, and it will be medically assessed by B.C. Conservation Service veterinarians on Monday, who will then determine the next best steps.
B.C. Conservation Service said the animal appears to be a healthy mature male.