Royal Roads reports sightings of Vancouver Coastal Island wolf on campus

Royal Roads reports sightings of Vancouver Coastal Island wolf on campus
Ian Harland
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Royal Roads University is asking dog owners to keep their pets on a leash while walking on their campus after Vancouver Coastal Island wolves have been seen and heard on its campus.

In a statement, the university says the wolf is a subspecies of the grey wolf and they are found throughout northern Vancouver Island. The university says a sighting on campus is uncommon.

“Royal Roads’ campus is home to a number of the island’s wildlife,” says Royal Roads CFO Cheryl Eason. “Within the campus’ old growth forest you might spot cougars year-round, or black bears most summers. By following some simple safety guidelines, we can share this beautiful place with wildlife.”

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The BC Conservation Service says the wolves are shy and usually avoid humans, but may attack off-leash dogs.

“For your dog’s safety, you must keep them on leash at Royal Roads,” says RRU Safety and Environment Officer Richard Doyle. “This rule is more important now than ever to follow.  We want your canine companions to be safe. It’s also important to keep small children within arm’s reach.”

The BC Conservation Service advises if a wolf approaches you to make yourself as large as possible, wave your arms and throw objects at the wolf, and shout in a loud aggressive voice.

If the wolf continues to approach, don’t turn your back, continue the above advice while walking backwards towards safety.

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