Wolf raises safety concerns
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.