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Whitehorse skiers warned of wolves

The Whitehorse Cross Country Ski Club has posted "wolves in the area" signs for the first time ever after some encounters between wolves and skiers on the trails.

Signs posted after wolf sightings on the cross-country trails

The Whitehorse Cross Country Ski Club has posted "wolves in the area" signs for the first time ever after some unusual encounters between wolves and skiers on a couple of the trails.

The operations manager for the ski trails, Mike Gladish, says it's not unusual for wolves to be on the trails. He often sees their tracks.  

"But there were a couple of sightings last week where one skier had an encounter with two wolves that kind of stood their ground and then we had another skier notice a wolf behind her for a couple of kilometres."

Gladish said the encounters were on the Pierre Harvey Loop and the 10 K.

Robyn Dunfield regularly skis at Mount MacIntyre, towing her two children. The youngest is just four months old. She said she is now sticking to a well-travelled route close to the chalet.

"It makes me very nervous," she said. "I don't know a lot about wolves, but I also don't want to encounter them ever."  

Mike Gladish said this is the first time wolf warnings have been posted on the trails, but adds it's no different from other safety advisories. 

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