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Wolf attacks dog, follows owners near Whitehorse dump

Yukon Conservation officers are warning people about a wolf in the area of the Whitehorse landfill site after it attacked a dog and followed its owners on Friday.

Wildlife officers warn walkers to keep pets close and stick together if confronted

A wolf walks through deep snow in a front yard in a residential neighbourhood in Teslin, Yukon, in mid-December. A wolf attacked a dog near the Whitehorse landfill Friday and then followed its owners, who were riding bicycles. (courtesy of Adam Skrutkowski)

Yukon Conservation officers are warning people about a wolf in the area of the Whitehorse landfill site after it attacked a dog and followed its owners on Friday.

The wolf attacked the dog as it walked alongside its owners, who were on bicycles. After biting the dog, the wolf approached within five metres of the cyclists before backing off. It then followed them at a distance.

Conservation officers say they've encountered a wolf, fitting the same description, in the area of the dump for the past couple of weeks, sometimes with at least one other wolf.

As the wolf doesn't appear to be afraid of people, officers are warning people walking in the greenbelt area to keep pets close and to stick together if confronted. They also recommend carrying bear spray as a precaution. 

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