Wolf sighting reported on Campbell Mountain near Penticton

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PENTICTON - A possible wolf sighting was reported in the Campbell Mountain area earlier this week, though a local conservation officer says wolf sightings are not typical.

The conservation office received a lone report from an observer in the vicinity of the Campbell Mountain landfill on Monday, Jan. 25, who believed he saw a wolf feeding on a deer carcass, Conservation Officer Dave Cox says. There were no photos or additional reports of the sighting, he adds.

Wolves are known to exist in the region, but whether there are any moving around in the Penticton area is tough to say, Cox says, adding there have not been any reports involving livestock issues in the area.

He says the conservation office noted the sighting as a possibility and will continue to monitor the situation. Coyotes frequent the region and can be mistaken for wolves, he says.

“It’s been my experience that when coyotes, wolves and bears know where there is an available food source, they’ll return to that source,” Cox says, noting the animal will likely be seen again in the area.

Anyone who has believes they have seen a wolf in the Campbell Mountain area is urged to call the RAPP report line at 1-877-952-7277.

To contact a reporter for this story, email Steve Arstad at sarstad@infonews.ca or call 250-488-3065. To contact the editor, email mjones@infonews.ca or call 250-718-2724.


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