Wolf destroyed after it approached elementary school in Ucluelet
Pacific Rim Conservation officers say a wolf that got too close to a Ucluelet elementary school has been destroyed.
Conservation officer Steve Ackles says the wolf was approaching people; attacking dogs on leashes, and it had been right outside the elementary school playground in Ucluelet Friday morning.
Ackles says the kids were kept inside the school during their lunch hour when the animal was tracked down and destroyed at around 12:30 p.m. Friday.
Ackles says the wolf likely became used to humans and probably approached vehicles because it had been fed before.
A town hall meeting was held last week to educate residents and visitors about ongoing wolf encounters.
Ackles urges anyone who has a wildlife encounter to report it immediately by calling the Report All Poachers and Polluters (RAPP) hotline at 1-877-952-7277. He says officers can intervene before habituation gets out of hand.
The wolf’s death comes weeks after another wolf was put down in Pacific Rim National Park Reserve on May 28 for attacking a dog.