Ontario man killed in wolf attack, coroner's jury finds
First documented case in North America of a healthy wolf killing a human in the wild
A coroner's jury in Saskatchewan has determined that Ontario university student Kenton Carnegie was killed in a wolf attack.
Carnegie was 22 when he died in November 2005 near Points North Landing, Sask. On a work term for a company at the mining exploration camp, located about 750 kilometres northeast of Saskatoon, Carnegie went for a walk and didn't come back.
Searchers later found his body surrounded by wolves.
Witnesses told the inquest that wild animals had been feeding at an unregulated garbage dump. Concerns were expressed that wolves in the area had lost their natural fear of humans.
Paul Paquet, an expert on wolf biology who studied the case for the coroner's office, told the inquest earlier in the week that it was more likely that a black bear killed Carnegie, although a wolf attack was also a possibility.
He said he based his findingson all the evidence, including the way thebodyhad beenconsumed and moved around.
But his evidence didn'tjibe with what people on the scene observed. No one reported seeing a bear in the area.
Another wolf expert, Mark McNay, who had studied the case for Carnegie's family,told the juryhe was convinced it was a wolf attack.
The jury's finding is significant, because there are no documented cases in North America of a healthy wolf killing a human in the wild.
The jury made a series of recommendations on how to prevent similar incidents. Among them is a requirement for the Saskatchewan Environment Department to provide proper fencing and supervision at all landfills where there are known to be wildlife feeding.