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UPDATE: Prince Rupert RCMP use two shots to put down second wolf in under a week
Under a week after a conservation officer from Terrace shot and killed a wolf in Prince Rupert, a second was put down over the holidays.
Conservation officer Dale Kluivers told the Prince Rupert Northern View he was notified of another wolf being terminated and was told an RCMP member shot the animal on Dec. 23. Kluivers killed the first wolf on Dec. 18 after receiving over 70 calls regarding wolf sightings in the past two months.
Constable Matt Ericson, spokesman for the Prince Rupert RCMP, confirmed officers took down a wolf in the Frederick Street area, near Camarillo Road due to concerns for public safety.
“Officers did what they had to do… The wolf wasn’t showing any signs of fear towards humans. Officers tried to scare the animal, however it kept approaching members,” Ericson said.
Ericson said RCMP officers shot the wild animal once, however it did not instantly kill the animal and the wolf attempted to jump up and attack an officer.
Members had to shoot the animal once again before it was deceased.
Conservation and RCMP officers remind people if they see a wolf to stay at least 100 metres away and try to make themselves look larger by raising their arms and waving them in the air. If a wolf approaches, people are encouraged to grab a large stick or rock and throw it at the animal to scare it away.
The public is also reminded not to turn their backs to wolves, but to back away slowly.