Yukon Territory - Two more wolves were killed in neck snares
near a subdivision last week, raising to 10 the number of
wolves snared in Whitehorse this winter.
decision to snare the wolves came about after the territorial
Department of Environment received reports that more than
a dozen dogs had been attacked and killed by wolves.
all the incidents were in the Mary Lake, Wolf Creek, Cowley
Creek, Golden Horn and Annie Lake Road areas.
officer Ken Frankish said Thursday the wolves were snared
at one of two snare sites in the Mary Lake area. The first
eight wolves were snared in the first week of January in the
area of the Whitehorse dump. A group of seven were caught
all at once, followed by a lone wolf a day later at the same
incidents involved a wolf or wolves taking pet dogs from inside
their yard, and in some cases right off the leash.
said he believes there is a lone black wolf still wandering
in the area from Wolf Creek to Golden Horn, and one or two
more belonging to the same group from which the two wolves
were taken last week near Mary Lake.
also expects there is at least one wolf remaining in the Whitehorse
dump area, likely one of the last if not the last of the pack
that was killed in early January.
with little snow recently it's difficult to make any assessments
based on tracks, as a lone wolf frequenting an area can create
quite a few tracks in a hurry, Frankish said.
situation has sparked a debate among community members, with
some believing the Yukon is wolf country. They say pet owners,
especially those who let their pets wander freely, do not
have a right to expect wolves should be killed to protect
others say the wolves have become so brave that there now
is concern for the safety of young children.