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A female wolf, left, and male wolf roam the tundra near The Meadowbank Gold Mine located in the Nunavut Territory of Canada on Wednesday, March 25, 2009. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette)

HAPPY VALLEY-GOOSE BAY, N.L. -- People in Labrador's largest town are being warned to watch for a wolf that killed a resident's small dog over the weekend.

Municipal officials in Happy Valley-Goose Bay say the wolf has been spotted in backyards and along local trails in the past few days.

Provincial wildlife authorities say it appears the animal has become dependent on eating garbage, which means it may have lost its natural fear of humans.

Local residents are being warned to stay away from areas where the wolf has been seen, and pet owners are being asked to keep their furry friends indoors or in a confined area.

Well-marked traps have been placed in some areas where the wolf was seen.

Hunters are being reminded the season for wolf hunting does not open until Oct. 15.

"Officials have identified some of the wolf's travel routes and are focused on these areas," the provincial Department of Fisheries and Land Resources said in a statement.

"It is believed there is only one wolf in the area at this time."

As well, hunters are being reminded it is illegal to discharge a firearm within 1,000 meters of a school, playground or athletic field or 300 meters from a dwelling.

The following tips are being offered to anyone who might see the wolf:

-- Never approach or crowd the animal.

-- Give the animal an escape route.

-- If it approaches, be loud and aggressive by waving your arms and shouting.

-- Back away slowly; do not run.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Oct. 2, 2019.