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Possible wolves near Garson Hill

Friday, January 17, 2014   by: SooToday.com Staff

NEWS RELEASE

CITY POLICE

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Information has been received from residents in the area of Rossmore Road in regards to the possibility of wolves in the area of Garson Hill tobogganing area.

As many as four wolves have been seen in the area over the last few days in the early evening hours.

The animals were described as being larger than a coyote or domestic dog.

Residents are urged to use extra caution while in the area.

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Me Myself an I 1/17/2014 10:07:19 AM Report

Start the panic..... NOW!!!
Sam C 1/17/2014 10:21:29 AM Report

Frankly, it's good to see a return of the wolf population. It's taken a long time for it to build back up[ from being hunted and trapped to near-extinction.

Having a healthy wolf population will also help the deer population, culling the old. unwell and some young deer, leaving the herd healthier.

I have spotted a few wolves around the area, both here in town and out by Echo Bay and Thessalon. Beautiful animals.
right wing 1/17/2014 10:31:49 AM Report

Wolves are certainly around and the reason that we rarely see them is they don't like human interaction at any level.
Healthy wolves are of little danger to humans.
sinikka 1/17/2014 10:35:05 AM Report

For the wolves to be coming so close to town they are obviously hungry so saying that large healthy wolves pose no danger to humans is misleading. Definitely something to be aware of for those living in the area.
thought 1/17/2014 10:40:53 AM Report

I believe there was a problem last year, with wolves taking/killing dogs.
They did attack and kill a large dog tied to the back deck as per article on SooToday.
jray 1/17/2014 10:47:25 AM Report

another fear-mongering! If there are wolves up there we should not be surprized after-all bears come down and watch kids play soccer at the park. equal use is what we strive for at these areas.
bounder 1/17/2014 10:56:20 AM Report

You can shoot two a year,they make some of the best hats and mittens,coats included.
iamtc 1/17/2014 11:02:00 AM Report

Feeling like some wolf burgers.
Sam C 1/17/2014 11:09:48 AM Report

thought... it's more likely that coyotes would attack a dog. Wolves would typically go for bigger targets such as deer.
chummy 1/17/2014 11:12:38 AM Report

I agree with bounded shoot them
Makes some nice gloves and hats and rugs for the wall or rug in front of the wood stove
Beej 1/17/2014 11:23:17 AM Report

For anyone that thinks the deer need to be thinned out.. I know a person who has a wolf den on his property which he sets trail cams near. In one year, they hauled 50, yes I said FIFTY fawns into it.
There is no shortage of wolves, they are what needs to be culled, as well as the coyotes, their numbers are getting right out of control.
The MNR makes you buy a license on top of your small game to shoot wolves or coyotes, that was a poor decision on their part, they should change that.
little friend 1/17/2014 12:41:33 PM Report

I have seen wolves there and at Fort Creek everyyear for many years. It is the woods and that is where they live. They are just running through. Lovely animals
Resident 1/17/2014 12:57:18 PM Report

I agree with little friend. I can't understand why the first thought of some people is kill. The "excuses" to kill are interesting also.
twin75 1/17/2014 1:09:03 PM Report

Wolves are all around and in the city. you just usually don't see them. They have a very large area that they roam and some of it will cross paths with humans. There is no need to shoot them. They pose no harm to humans if they are healthy. We can't just shoot every wild animal that is in the city. Most of the time they are just passing through to their next stop. there's enough snow right now that they can catch larger animals to eat and won't prey on dogs. It's only when they have a hard time catching deer/moose due to the lack of snow will they look at other alternatives. If you see one, just stay away and it won't harm you either!
Coolmummer1 1/17/2014 1:22:03 PM Report

It's true they've always been around and through the city tho' they're getting a bit bolder now. Probably coywolves if they're large... and exhibit some tactical/personality traits unbecoming of coyotes. Everyone needs to keep their pets in or at least be nearby if pets are put on a tether line - they are easier prey especially during heavier snowfalls.
theprotector 1/17/2014 1:26:51 PM Report

lol @ bee
HONEST1 1/17/2014 1:31:27 PM Report

@ SAM C,

Please do everyone a favour. Get off soo today.
kamen 1/17/2014 1:40:20 PM Report

Just don't tobbogan after 3-4pm. It's getting dark by that time anyways, and very few people are out after 4pm. The chances of them coming out while there are 50-100 sledders there is slim to none, just use some extra caution and bring a cap gun or noise maker, see a wolf use the loud noise to scare them, plus if you yell wolf everyone will start yelling and scare them off. They live out in the bush and we should leave them be, simple as that.
razeandcrash 1/17/2014 2:01:57 PM Report

It's funny the kind of misunderstanding the average person has on wild animals, specially when most people's understanding comes from myths or rumour. There has been only one documented case of a healthy wolf attacking some one in Ontario. And even that case there is contention, because two experts disagreed it was more the fact that witnesses never seen a bear in the area. You have a better chance of getting attacked by a coyote or a bear in that area.
tired1 1/17/2014 2:02:48 PM Report

Couple of idiots of course just kill them human life is the only thing that belongs on the planet
stitchbogart 1/17/2014 2:03:33 PM Report

I hope nobody cries cry wolf too many times
Just Curious 1/17/2014 2:07:01 PM Report

Kaman; my sentiments exactly.. They were here before we were and it's us that need to learn to live with them, not kill them every time we see them. Have seen them and coyotes lots of times at camp,both in Goulais and at Ojibway and if you don't bug them, they don't bug you..When I was building my cottage at Goulais, we had a fox and a coyote that would come and sit and watch us working. The fox became a daily visitor after a while but after I brought my dog out we never saw him again..:).
bounder 1/17/2014 2:14:16 PM Report

Maybe no one remembers a few years ago the wolves took out a least ten dogs out of Batchawana Bay.
No wildlife for them. So shooting a few wont hurt them. You can include bears also, number one calf Moose killer.
Sam C 1/17/2014 2:38:14 PM Report

Honest1... thanks for you support. :-)
twin75 1/17/2014 2:59:38 PM Report

the reason for the killings in Batchawana a few years ago was due to weather. lack of snow on the ground means its harder for them to catch large game animals. They were hungry and saw the dogs as prey. it was very sad and awful to see (i have family out there and one of their dogs was killed), but you can't blame the wolf for being hungry! they don't kill for sport (like humans), they kill for necessity.
bsa 1/17/2014 3:08:29 PM Report

Just an FYI for those living in the area: This past Saturday and Sunday night around 8pm we spotted 2 coyotes on the train tracks that run alongside the upper Elliot soccer fields. We've heard some howls throughout the week in the evenings and assumed it was them but now realize it may have been the wolves. It seems to be a common route for wildlife. Thank you to those who reported sighting the wolves. We all know we share this space with many animals, usually without incident, but it is nice to be aware of packs close by so those of us with small pets and children can be cautious.
KFM 1/17/2014 4:09:24 PM Report

A few weeks ago I was out, pushed up a big wolf, next day came across his tracks in fresh snow and it is a pair. The one the one I saw was bigger than a large german shedard. Nice looking animal, in very good shape.
KFM 1/17/2014 4:09:29 PM Report

A few weeks ago I was out, pushed up a big wolf, next day came across his tracks in fresh snow and it is a pair. The one the one I saw was bigger than a large german shedard. Nice looking animal, in very good shape.
bsa 1/17/2014 4:20:54 PM Report

The pair we saw were definately coyotes. Smaller than wolves but bigger than the foxes we are used to seeing. Just an fyi that there are both in the area.
Zing 1/17/2014 4:30:50 PM Report

I live close to the Garson farm and saw lots of tracks in the yard this morning...nothing unusual as we also have deer tracks in the area.
Wisenheimer 1/17/2014 4:41:44 PM Report

Probably Co-wolves .. Western coyotes have been interbreeding with Gray Wolves, hence the name. Lots around.
If it is a pack of legitimate Grays, how about they might be attracted to the herd of American Bison on the top of Rossmore Road. Some yearlings there that would make a tasty bite.
Vicci 1/17/2014 4:55:42 PM Report

I wonder how the owner of the heard of buffalo the next field over feels about the “just a harmless wolf, live and let live” sentiment?
mr.jack 1/17/2014 5:42:40 PM Report

well i live in the Garson Hill area and have 2 dogs i see one of them wolves come on my property guess what i will shoot them
Tom_Bom 1/17/2014 5:50:12 PM Report

Wolves rarely attack humans unless they are threatened, or really hungry. That being said you won't find me anywhere near that place. lol.
tired1 1/17/2014 6:19:24 PM Report

Mr jackass that's a brilliant thing to post those animals show up dead the mnr will no who to look at wild animals step foot on your property your first thought is to shoot them you should turn your gun the other way we don't need fools like you
Vicci 1/17/2014 6:25:07 PM Report

The “fish cops” couldn’t find their rear end with a gps. So long as your neighbours don’t rat you out. Shovel and a bag of lime, don’t ask don’t tell.
Norm 1/17/2014 7:43:45 PM Report

Sam, you wouldn't think much of the thriving wolf population if one, or usually more, ripped your dogs head off. What's much worse is a child's. They are protected, however, if they pose a threat on private property, then it's a different story.
Sera 1/17/2014 9:01:16 PM Report

With all the clearcutting of our trees in the city to make more homes, no wonder we are seeing more wildlife!
They don't have anywhere to go because their stomping grounds are breig demolished!
Cripe look at the new highschool and all the bush that was taken from the wildlife. I for one feel bad for the critters.
R0FL0L 1/17/2014 9:04:30 PM Report

Norm and now start with witch burning
Resident 1/17/2014 10:18:41 PM Report

Vicci: That's nice. You sound like a moral kind of person (sarcasm).
Wisenheimer 1/18/2014 12:10:39 PM Report

"I'll huff and I'll puff and I'll blow your house down."
xsoo 1/19/2014 7:29:23 PM Report

Great to see wolves around but they are more than likely coyotes and what a welcome because they will help us get rid of all those cats that are let out to run free and hunt and kill birds at the feeders
mr.jack 1/19/2014 8:03:28 PM Report

hey tired i need to warm up on my shooting wanna help you can be a pylon ,jackass
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