Close Call: Wolf pack encounter

Safety Alert Type: 
Workers
Location: 
Near Merritt, BC (Lower Michael Road)
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
2013-10-15
Company Name: 
Lawes Forest Management
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

A forestry worker had just started a road traverse and was approximately 100 metres from the truck when a pack of aggressive wolves (believed to number at least 5) approached within 3 metres of her.

She called her dogs and reached for her bear spray. One of her dogs stayed with her while the other barked and started fighting with the wolves.

She went to the truck with the one dog and called for help on the local radio channel on her handheld radio. When she got to the truck she called the dog that had been defending her and it came. It had sustained major injuries and had to be put down.

The worker was not physically injured.

Learnings and Suggestions: 

• Raise your arms and wave them in the air to make yourself appear large, use a loud firm voice and try to convince the animals you are a threat, not prey

• Back away slowly and do not turn your back on the wolves

• Make noise and throw sticks and rocks at the wolves

• Use your bear mace if they approach close enough

• Call for help on the radio and let someone know your location

• Complete an incident report and discuss with crew

For more information on this submitted alert: 

For more information: Tanya Lawes - Lawes Forest Management (250) 295-0200 tanya@lawesforestry.com

 

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