Letter to the Editor: Inaction on wolves unacceptable

I want to again, voice my concern about wolves in the city of Prince Rupert.

Editor:

I want to again, voice my concern about wolves in the city of Prince Rupert.

I dropped by the RCMP offices and after I asked the lady at the desk if the RCMP were doing anything about the wolf problem, she said no, and asked if I wanted the phone number for the conservation office (in Terrace).

I went to the City office and asked the ladies at the front desk the same question.  Same response: “Call the conservation office in Terrace”.

So, if no one locally is going to take our safety seriously, and they do not want us to take this situation into our own hands, what exactly do they think that we should do?

I hope that I am voicing a concern for local parents.  I would not want to be raising kids in a community where wolves chase us out of parks and playgrounds.

Here’s a note of interest: every time (and I mean every time) I have mentioned the wolf situation with a local, that person responds with a recent story of a wolf incident such as someone fighting off a wolf attack, or a sighting near a school playground and/or a public place.

Walking our dog, I’ve been chased out of a park and off of the highway by wolves four times — since July 2015, all within the city limits!

From a financial standpoint, someone hurt by a wolf attack would result in a lawsuit, no?

Since all the departments who have our safety in their area of responsibility, have been warned about the issue and are doing little to nothing about it, wouldn’t there be a lawsuit and a lot of taxpayer money involved?

If we don’t want to face the simple issue of personal safety, then perhaps the monetary end of things should awaken the folks who sit in high places.

It seems to me that it would be wise for the city, the RCMP and the conservation officers to put their heads together and get it done.

If I can in any way help with this, count me in.  I take it as a serious problem.

Les Zimmerman

Prince Rupert