Public Service Announcement
Wolf Warning Issued for Happy Valley-Goose Bay
Information for the Public
Release Date: October 03, 2019
The Town of Happy Valley-Goose Bay is advising residents that the Wolf Warning Advisory is still in effect, and Town Officials, along with Wildlife Officials are continuing to monitor the situation.
As stated on Tuesday, October 01, 2019, residents of Happy Valley-Goose Bay were advised by the Town of Happy Valley-Goose Bay that Conservation Officers confirmed the presence of a wolf in the community that has been frequenting backyards and trails.
Wildlife Officers are continuing with monitoring the wolf’s movement in the community and taking appropriate action. Officials have identified some of the wolf’s travel routes and are focused on these areas. Wildlife Officials are concerned with people not abiding by the barricades and posted signage, which poses a danger to all involved.
Wildlife Officials are reminding the public that a wolf habituated to human food sources such as garbage can lose their natural fear of people, and this increases the safety risk to both people and pets. Residents are encouraged to take appropriate steps, including keeping pets inside or under close supervision and properly storing garbage to avoid attracting wild animals near homes where the animals can pose a risk to public safety.
In the interest of Public Safety and the interest of a speedy resolution, the Town of Happy Valley-Goose Bay encourages residents to allow Wildlife Officials to do their job.
If anyone encounters a wolf within the community :
- Never approach or crowd the animal;
- Give the animal an escape route;
- If the animal approaches, be loud /aggressive – wave your arms, shout;
- Do not run away, back away slowly.
- Call 897-7116 (24/7) immediately to report the location.
There have been several sightings, and rumours of sightings reported via Social Media, which have turned out to be Husky Dogs. Wildlife Officials do not monitor Social Media to track the wolf; therefore, residents are encouraged if they see a wolf in the Happy Valley-Goose Bay area, before posting to Social Media please contact:
- North West River Forestry and Wildlife District Office at 709-897-8479 (regular office hours)
- After Hours Line (24/7) at 709-897-7116.
The Town of Happy Valley-Goose Bay will continue to provide updates to residents as soon as they are received. We appreciate the patience and understanding of the public on this matter.