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News archive for February 14, 2014

Roaming wolves claim Fish Lake-area dog

Conservation officers have confirmed a pet dog was killed by wolves last week along the Fish Lake Road.

By Chuck Tobin on February 14, 2014 at 4:48 pm

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Photo by Whitehorse Star

Pictured Above: Ken Knutson

Conservation officers have confirmed a pet dog was killed by wolves last week along the Fish Lake Road.

After a call was received, CO manager Ken Knutson said this week, an officer investigated the area near the turnoff to Jackson Lake.

No carcass was found, but there was blood at the scene along with wolf tracks, suggesting the pet had been killed, he said.

Knutson said he was not sure what type of dog was involved.

“Based on what people have told us after looking into this one, they (the wolves) have been using the road as a corridor,” he said.

“Quite likely, it’s the same pack seen by Mount Sima residents.”

The investigating officer did note a number of other free-roaming dogs while he was in the Fish Lake Road area, he pointed out.

Knutson said officers have spoken to residents of Fish Lake and Mount Sima about the need to keep control of their pets, and signs have been posted informing residents about the presence of wolves.

There has been the odd sighting of wolves in the Mount Sima area since last fall, he said.

Knutson said officers believe there are three in the pack: two dark ones and one light one.

There was, for instance, a sighting of two dark wolves reported out of Mount Sima recently, he said.

Knutson said it’s likely the pack of three is travelling between the Mount Sima and Fish Lake Road areas along the old Copper Haul Road.

It’s important, he emphasized, that residents keep control of their pets because anytime they’re roaming free, there is a risk, whether it’s from wolves or getting run over by a car.

Free-roaming dogs also limit the ability of conservation officers to deal with a problem wolf pack by setting out snares and such, he said.

Knutson said Environment Yukon wants to hear from the public about any sightings of wolves, as it helps conservation officers keep abreast of wolf activity.

“We will continue to monitor the Fish Lake Road closely over the next couple of weeks to see what happens.”

He said last week’s report of a pet being taken by wolves was the first for the Whitehorse area this winter.

It’s also been a light winter so far for conflicts in the communities, Knutson said.

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Wilderness

Feb 14, 2014 at 9:59 pm

Come on people - you don’t need a warning or to actually see a fox or wolf (etc) before you take care of your dogs.  You live in an area where there are ALWAYS wolves, foxes, coyotes etc.  Do not be surprised when you see one.  Keep your pets in sight or be prepared to lose them if the sad but inevitable happens. 

The only reason bylaw should be involved is to tell people to smarten up and take care of their pets.

OF course, some things are out of your control, and any time a pet is lost to a predator it is truly devastating to the family, and I do not wish this upon anybody.

Take care of your pets - they love you!

north_of_60

Feb 15, 2014 at 12:51 pm

If people choose to push their houses into wolves’ backyard, then they can expect visitors, especially if they tether well-fed bait outside.

Jack

Feb 15, 2014 at 2:54 pm

Where is Clayton when we need him [sarcasm]!  Take care of your pets and you won’t have to worry about wolves and coyotes.

Francis Pillman

Feb 18, 2014 at 3:37 am

$10 bucks on whomever lives out there is new to the Yukon. Because this shouldn’t be considered news for petes sake. Welcome to the Yukon. This isn’t Toronto.

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