Wolf seen near old Bamberton haul road this week
Have you seen a wolf in the south Cowichan?
If so, conservation officers want to know when and where.
The caution came after folks walking dogs on Wednesday and Thursday said a wolf approached them in Island Timberland's old Bamberton haul road area, running beside the Trans-Canada Highway, the conservation staff has confirmed.
"There's not an immediate safety concern, but the conservation service is monitoring behaviour for appropriate response."
Officers first received reports Tuesday of a wolf — perhaps seeking a mate — showing curious behaviour toward a dog being walked, staff said Friday.
"On Wednesday and Thursday the wolf followed dog walkers on the Old Haul Road."
Staff advises people to keep dogs on a leash, and not approach the wolf.
"Wolves are native to this area, but not commonly seen.
"It's wolf-mating season, therefore the lone wolf may be looking for a mate."
National Geographic's website says wolves are the largest members of the dog family.
"Adaptable gray wolves are by far the most common and were once found all over the Northern Hemisphere.
"But wolves and humans have a long adversarial history. "Though they almost never attack humans, wolves are considered one of the animal world's most fearsome natural villains," the magazine states.
"They do attack domestic animals, and countless wolves have been shot, trapped, and poisoned because of this tendency."
Dog owners are advised to leash pets, be vigilant in wooded areas, and call 1-877-952-7277 if a wolf is spotted.