Wolf alert raised in Marsh Lake, Yukon
2 dogs reportedly killed in the past 8 days
Environment Yukon is warning people in the Marsh Lake area to keep a close eye on their pets.
The Conservation Officer Service says there appears to be three wolves hanging out along Judas Creek Drive, and two dogs have reportedly been killed in the past eight days.
“I don't think the people need to be afraid, but you certainly need to be afraid for your pets,” says conservation officer Dave Bakica. “These wolf packs, when they figure out that pets are a reasonable food source they'll usually hang around for a good week and a half to two weeks until literally people start keeping their pets inside. They run out of food source and then they move on.”
Bakica says even then, people need to be aware.
He says wolves remember where they've had something to eat and will return throughout the winter.
Conservation officers want to hear about any wolf sightings, as well as from anybody who has already lost a pet in the area.
People can call the Environment Yukon TIPP (Turn in Poachers and Polluters) line at 1-800-661-0525 or go on the department's web site.