Wolf attack on Butze Rapids

Prince Rupert,
Alerte publique

2023-07-19 12:02 HAP

Dossier nº 23-4711

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The Prince Rupert RCMP wants to inform the public of a wolf attack that occurred on the Butze Rapids walking trail.

Earlier today the Prince Rupert RCMP received a call from a family that was spending time at the beach off of the Butze Rapids walking trail when a wolf approached their group, which included a medium sized dog. Thankfully there was a second family nearby that had bear-bangers and began to deploy them in an attempt to scare away the wolf. 

Despite the use of bear-bangers the wolf attacked the medium sized dog. The dog escaped with no injuries. 

"We are encouraging those who regularly walk Butze Rapids walking trail to either avoid the area for the time being, or come prepared for interactions with wild-life." Media Relations Cst. Brody Hemrich said, "Although situations like this are rare, sightings and interactions with wildlife in and around Prince Rupert are not, it is unusual to have a wolf not be afraid of humans despite the families making lots of noise and scare devices."

The Prince Rupert RCMP is encouraging people to review the BC government's recommendations for staying safe around wolves and coyotes.

According to the site interactions where wolves display aggressive behaviour is rare, however, if they do act in such a way it is recommended to:

If you see any wildlife acting aggressively please do not hesitate to call 9-1-1 in an emergency, if you wish to report a sighting that you believe is unsafe please call the Prince Rupert RCMP at 250-624-2136 or BC Conservation Officer Services at 1-877-952-7277.

Diffusé par :

Gend. Brody Hemrich
Agent des relations avec les m├ędias
D├ętachement de Prince Rupert

Courriel : Brody.Hemrich@rcmp-grc.gc.ca

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