The BC Conservation Officer Service is warning pet owners who hike near Sooke after a dog was attacked by a wolf on a trail over the weekend.
The incident happened on the Brook Hill Loop trail Saturday afternoon near Witter Place and Blanshard Road, the service said in a statement to CHEK News.
A man was reportedly walking his small terrier off-leash when it ran ahead, where it was attacked by the wolf.
“The owner managed to scare the animal away and it dropped the dog, which was rushed to a veterinary clinic,” BCCOS said. “Its current condition is unknown.”
The service said wolf attacks on pets aren’t common in the Capital Regional District, and that there has been no increase in wolf conflicts in the region as of late.
Regardless, the BCCOS encourages pet owners to keep their dogs leashed when walking in wilderness to avoid conflicts. They should also travel in groups when they can and make loud noise to scare away any potential predators.
If a wolf or coyote approaches you, you’re advised to:
- make yourself look as large as possible
- wave your arms and throw objects at the wolf or coyote.
- shout at the wolf or coyote in a loud, aggressive voice.
- don’t run or turn your back as you make loid noises and big gestures and slowly move to safety
Anyone who comes into conflict with wildlife is also encouraged to report the encounter to the RAPP line at 1-877-952-7277.