A wolf was spotted in the RM of West St. Paul March 3. (Photo Submitted)
When Doug Lunney woke up on the morning of March 3, he didn’t expect to see a wolf in his local neighbourhood.
“It was an interesting morning,” Lunney said later that same day.
The West St. Paul resident said he returned home at around 8:30 a.m., after he dropped off one of his daughters at school, when he spotted the wolf on Rossmore Avenue. He said a moment later the animal ran off towards McNaughton Park.
“I saw it in someone’s front yard and right away I thought it was a coyote,” Lunney explained. “It didn’t look threatening. I thought it was a coyote, but it was kind of big for a coyote...He was on a mission.”
The RM has received numerous complaints of coyotes roaming throughout the RM as of late. More complaints came in March 3, but this time it was regarding a wolf sighting.
After he spotted the wolf, Lunney quickly snapped a photo with his smart phone and sent it in to the local West St. Paul municipal office.
“I got one shot (photo) of it looking at me,” Lunney said with a chuckle. “I got one more shot of it leaping over a snow bank. It’s kind of funny because it was heading towards some imitation deer in someone’s yard. I hope the (wolf) isn’t too disappointed when he takes a bit out of that.”
Staff at the RM office later sent the photograph to Manitoba Conservation for comment. Conservation officers confirmed it was in fact a wolf.
“People tell me that I was really fortunate to see a wolf,” Lunney noted.
Officers said the photo indicates a young wolf that appeared to be in poor health.
Residents who have concerns about wildlife on their property or in their local neighbourhood, are asked to contact Manitoba Conservation at 1-204-785-5373.
Residents are advised to be aware of their surroundings and keep dogs on leashes and not to let them run loose.
“A lot of people let their dogs run loose,” he added. “I would certainly tell my neighbours that I would not be letting my dog off its leash."