Wolf raises safety con­cerns

The Glengarry News - - News - BY SCOTT CARMICHAEL News Staff

An Alexan­dria-area woman is concerned that the pres­ence of an overly ag­gres­sive wolf may be putting the safety of her neigh­bours at risk.

“We had a lit­tle con­fronta­tion with him re­cently (June 9),” Con­nie Keat­ing, a Lakeshore Road res­i­dent, told The News this past week.

“There are a lot of lit­tle chil­dren in our neck of the woods...and that wolf wouldn’t think twice about car­ry­ing one off.”

Mrs. Keat­ing, who de­scribed the an­i­mal as “very large, around 160 lbs., and with an at­ti­tude,” was taken aback by the wolf’s bold­ness.

“My hus­band was on the lawn trac­tor around sup­per time, cut­ting the grass, mak­ing noise, and the wolf just came out of the scrub, and moved to within 150 or 175 feet of him...He had no in­ten­tion of back­ing off,” she re­called.

Mrs. Keat­ing ex­plained that she and her hus­band have had nu­mer­ous in­ter­ac­tions with wild an­i­mals – in­clud­ing wolves – since they moved to their res­i­dence, about half a kilo­me­tre off High­way 43, al­most 13 years ago.

How­ever, this en­counter was much more fright­en­ing.

“We’ve had bears within 10 feet of our house, and stuff like this...It’s not rare. We hear wolves all the time (at night). But, this wolf is a prob­lem,” she said.

“And we had a cou­ple of or­phaned (wolf) cubs a few years back that were sit­ting on our doorstep wait­ing for some­body to come out...but they were or­phaned cubs. They weren’t as dan­ger­ous as a full-grown male grey wolf.” In ad­di­tion to reach­ing out to share their story with

The News, Mrs. Keat­ing said she and her hus­band are also go­ing to “drop a lit­tle let­ter off in all the neigh­bours’ mail­boxes” to let them know about their run-in with the wolf.

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