Wolves hunt pets in Marsh Lake area

Environment Yukon is warning residents in the Judas Creek subdivision of Marsh Lake to keep a closer eye on their pets. In the past two weeks, a pack of wolves has killed at least two dogs in the area.

Environment Yukon is warning residents in the Judas Creek subdivision of Marsh Lake to keep a closer eye on their pets.

In the past two weeks, a pack of wolves has killed at least two dogs in the area.

Conservation Officer Dave Bakica said, in his experience, where there are two wolves there are often six or seven.

Dogs should be tied up or kept indoors for their safety, he added.

“The dogs were running free on the properties, which back onto the wilds of the Yukon. It’s not unusual to have wolves right there.”

The dogs may have gotten too close to a larger food source for the wolves, he said.

“Moose will hang out in those creek bottoms, so there may have been a moose kill there.”

“The wolves would likely be on that for about five days. So if a dog happens to be wandering around they’ll think about taking the dog, too.

“It’s a pretty easy food source compared to a moose.”

Conservation officers could set up a snare site to bait the wolves, he added, but that won’t happen unless the wolves start crossing fences or other barriers to get at dogs on people’s property.

“We may even go out and try to shoot some wolves but it’s very difficult because they become nocturnal,” he said.

“You can’t be running around a subdivision shooting at night.”

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