Hu­mans blamed for wolf death

Metro Canada (Vancouver) - - VANCOUVER -

Parks Canada says staff in Pa­cific Rim National Park Re­serve on Van­cou­ver Is­land have killed a wolf that was be­com­ing in­creas­ingly ag­gres­sive.

A state­ment from Parks Canada says the wolf was eu­th­a­nized on May 28 af­ter be­ing in­volved in a num­ber of re­cent in­ci­dents, in­clud­ing two at­tacks on leashed dogs in the Long Beach area, south of Tofino. A notice was is­sued last Novem­ber, warn­ing of an in­crease in wolf ac­tiv­ity in the park. Since then, staff had stepped up ef­forts to mon­i­tor and chase the prob­lem wolf away, banned dogs in some ar­eas of the park and in­creased pub­lic education in hopes of stop­ping the con­fronta­tions.

Parks Canada says the wolf con­tin­ued to view dogs as prey, in part be­cause of hu­man care­less­ness or the vi­o­la­tion of park rules that un­der­mined its nat­u­ral wary be­hav­iours.

Staff will now try to re­build those be­hav­iours in the re­main­ing mem­bers of the wolf pack to pre­vent more bad habits from form­ing, Parks Canada says in its re­lease.

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