Royal Roads University issued an alert on Monday after a suspected wolf was spotted at the nearby Esquimalt Lagoon.
The university posted a tweet asking people to steer clear of the area, keep their dogs on leashes, and keep children nearby and in sight.
Wolf sightings in the West Shore are rare and in general, they tend to avoid people but can become habituated enough to approach them.
CAMPUS ALERT: What is likely a wolf has been seen at the Esquimalt Lagoon. Please steer clear, continue to keep dogs on leash when anywhere on campus, and keep children nearby and in sight. #ColwoodBC
More on wolf safety: https://t.co/LmIV1I89bR
— Royal Roads (@RoyalRoads) August 16, 2021
BC Parks says 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
Anyone who encounters an aggressive wolf should call the Conservation Officer Service at 1-877-925-7277.