Possible Wolf Sighting in York Region

by Bill
(Ballantrae, Ontario)

I was driving on Vivian Road just east of Hwy 48 on October 29th when about 70 yards ahead of me I saw an animal cross the road.


My first thought was that it must be a Coyote but it was bigger than the Coyotes in this area.

I have a German Shepherd Dog that weighs just over 100 lbs and this animal was close to his size, if not a bit bigger. It was also very dark coloured, possibly black.

By the time I got to the part of the road it had crossed at it was gone. Both sides of the road were pretty thick brush.

I've watched nature shows and read up on Wolves, Coyotes, Bears, etc. and I truly believe that this was a Wolf.

I too, think you may have spotted a Wolf - who knows!

Maybe another of our readers may also have seen Wolf activity in your area.


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Apr 08, 2018
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Black Wolf in Ajax.
by: Anonymous

Black wolf spotted in a field near Audley and the 401 in Ajax around 10 am today. Looked to be in great shape!

Mar 20, 2018
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Wolf - Weston Rd & Major Mac
by: Anonymous

Over the last 5 months, I've crossed paths with one two times, thankfully in the car on both occasions. One time was in the middle of the day on Major Mackenzie, the second time being at around 10:30 in a subdivision! There's a small pocket of empty land which backs onto multiple backyards; it walked right passed my car and into the small field. There are loads of kids/dogs/families in my area. Its a little concerning, and I've called City of Vaughan and they are aware of the issue.

Feb 26, 2018
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Black wolf
by: Modestino Baldassarre

Walking one morning at 3:30 down Clarence Ave in Woodbridge, I was at the curve right at the golf course, when out of the forest on the north side a black wolf (about 2 1/2 to 3 feet tall) about 125 to 150 pounds maybe more, appeared about 15 to 20 feet away from me, he didn't expect me to be there, he turned and looked at me and took off all in a forward motion. I know 100 percent it was a wolf, I know we are getting a lot of deer in this area now more than ever, also all the way down to the Rowntree Mills park area. They are following the deer, they are all gaining access from the new linking of trails the municipalities are doing.

Feb 08, 2018
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Possible Wolf sighting in Whitchurch Stouffville
by: Tina

On on February 8th, 2018 I was driving on Aurora Road and had just passed McCowan Road travelling west, around noon, when all of a sudden a large dark brown mottled coloured animal crossed the street about 10 feet in front of my car heading into the forest to my left(south). It looked like the size of a large German Shepherd but had short fur but not thick and bushy like a wolf's fur. It was too big to be a coyote but had the snout and head shape like one with shorter ears. It had more of a wolf hybrid appearance. I was very startled because it was out and about in broad daylight and was quite large in size.

Jan 31, 2018
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Saw one, got it on tape
by: Anonymous

Saw two of them going into Toll Bar Park (main intersection Regent and Elgin Mills), was able to catch the 2nd one on a 9 second snap.

Dec 07, 2017
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Wolf pack
by: Anonymous

Four Wolves crossed my path walking my dog at the bridge between Stonehaven West and Wyndham Village, between Best Circle and Comfort Lane headed westbound through the gap in the fence at the bridge toward the police park. Don't go down there at night.

Dec 04, 2017
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Three Wolves seen in Stouville/Bayview, Richmond Hill Dec4 10:30pm
by: James

Tonight 10:30 pm I was driving along Bayview Ave southbound, when I get close to Stouffville (about 30 yard away) I spot 3 Wolves right beside the road. I think they prepare to cross the road.

I believe these are Wolves, not Coyotes, because they are brown and big, quite similar to German Shepherd.

Well, it is December 4th, 2017 and winter is almost here in Southern Ontario. I bet Wolves are gathering together for winter group hunting.

Kinda scary though because Stoufville / Bayview area has quite a populations now (thanks to city development).

James
Richmond Hill, Ontario

Nov 07, 2017
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Coywolf for sure in Aurora Nov. 7, 2017
by: Sheena

Hi, I was driving down George St in Aurora when I saw what was most definitely a Coywolf. He ran into one of the driveway and when I stopped he came out right beside my vehicle to the left of me. It stopped for a few seconds so you could tell it was not a dog or a coyote. Absolutely stunning but I am glad I was in the car.

Nov 07, 2017
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Wolf or Coywolf
by: Sheila

I was walking my dogs in the forest south of Aurora Rd and 48. I had gone in off of Felcher Blvd and I saw what I thought was a Coywolf. It was beautiful!!! It disappeared into the forest. It was way too big to be a coyote.

Sep 29, 2017
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Wolf sighted Aurora/Newmarket
by: Patrick

Pretty sure that today in Newmarket, on Leslie, just north of St. John's Sideroad, at around 9:15 am. It was eating something on the grass between the road and the residential sound barrier. Much bigger than a Coyote and not quite dog looking.

Jul 29, 2017
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Wolves spotted Salem and Rossland & again Ringer and Salem
by: Jay

Two Wolves who look like they haven't eaten in a while where spotted twice in one week. Once was through a cat walk in from of my house then again later in the week crossing Ringer Rd into the forest.

Jun 11, 2017
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Hear wolf howling in Aurora
by: Anonymous

My husband heard wolf howling at midnight and we are in the area near St. John Side Road & 404 in Aurora. Also, my son saw an animal with black fur hiding in the wood while I was driving along Leslie and St. John Side Road / William Gram area.

Jun 01, 2017
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Coywolf in Aurora last summer
by: Anonymous

Very large Coywolf ran down my driveway (following our stream) several times over the course of a month or so last summer in Aurora, Ontario. We would see it when we were sitting on our front porch in the evening. It passed within 10 feet of us. It was about the size of a very large German Shepherd. Haven't seen it this year.

May 17, 2017
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Pickering
by: Anonymous

Two wolves, one grey and one all black, seen again in my backyard at Rougemount and Kingston Road, Pickering.

Apr 11, 2017
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Wolf Sighting, Ballantrae Golf & Country Club
by: I. MacDonald

After reading article of possible wolf sighting in York Region, I now believe I sighted a similar/same wolf at the Ballantrae Golf and Country Club in June of 2016. We have a small dog and as a result I am constantly on the lookout for coyotes when taking her out at night before bed. We back onto the golf course facing north, close to the St. John's side road between Hwy. 48 and 9th line. Many nights we are awaken by the howling coyotes especially when they are about to make a kill. One early morning our dog who sleeps in our bedroom near the window started growling, I immediately got out of bed and turned on the deck lights, lighting up our backyard area. To my surprise I saw a dark large size animal trotting through our backyard heading toward 9th line. I then mentioned to my wife the size of the animal and it looked like a large German Shepherd. After reading your article it was possible what I saw was a wolf not a coyote roaming the Ballantrae Golf Course.

Apr 08, 2017
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Coywolf in Newmarket
by: N

There is a Coywolf that lives on Srigley behind the bridge. Be careful, these 2 young girls were walking their small dog and it chased them to the store on Srigley. I have 2 puppies and I walked them tonight with my boyfriend. We where going to walk up Water Street in Newmarket but our dogs wanted to turn up another street and when I looked back I'm glad we turned cause there were 3 Coyotes at Fairy Lake, near the bus stop. It was creepy.

Mar 23, 2017
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Pine Valley and Langstaff
by: Vic

Early this morning at approximately 12:45 am, a friend and I were heading north on Pine Valley between Embassy & Chancellor, when I noticed what I thought was a dog to my right. As I got closer, it ran across the street, stopped and headed back in front of my car ... it wasn't a dog! As I slowed down, it ran back to the east side of the street and starting running along the grass heading northbound towards Langstaff. Needless to say, I had to do a double take ... but I'm sure this wasn't a dog. Pretty cool, yet troublesome at the same time. I didn't think a Wolf could survive in such a populated area. Stay safe out there.

Mar 21, 2017
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Three wolves sighted St. John and 404
by: Stephane

I sighted 3 wolves crossing St John side road and 404 south into the field. I have pictures but not sure where I can post them. I'd like to confirm if they are wolves or a hybrid coyote/wolf. I have more pictures, but the below is the clearest.

https://www.instagram.com/p/BR5oxGIjaTt/


Mar 12, 2017
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Possible Wolf sighting
by: Anonymous

Spotted a female fairly large Wolf lingering on the streets of Vandorf and McCowan Rd, stay safe, don't go on midnight walks and keep your pets close.

Mar 09, 2017
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Coywolf spotted
by: Carol D

I saw what I believe to be a coywolf run across Srigley St, just east of Prospect (in Newmarket) into a marshy area and then under a fence. He stopped to look at me and I stared back wondering if what I saw was correct. He was light greyish in color. This was just the other day March 6th so folks beware if you have small pets you let outdoors. There have been recent attacks throughout the GTA I've read.

Jan 24, 2017
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Definite Grey Wolf sighting in Ajax
by: Anonymous

Two big Grey Wolves spotted in Ajax just now, across from Deer Creek Golf Course.

Dec 20, 2016
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Wolf On Davis Drive Dec 21 2016
by: Glenn

We also believe we saw a wolf crossing the road today. Davis Drive just west of Highway 48. It crossed the road in front of us 20 yards away. Larger than a Coyote - quite certain it was a Wolf.

Dec 17, 2016
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Coywolf Richmond Hill Aurora
by: Anonymous

My wife spotted a large dog in our back garden, bigger than a Coyote but not as big as a Wolf. After showing her pictures of Coywolves she believes that this was the animal she saw. We live on the sub-division of Fontainbleu Close to Bayview and Bloomington, specifically Paradelle Drive and Worthington area.

Dec 16, 2016
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Wolf Sighting Georgina
by: Anonymous

I saw the same big dark coloured Wolf, I am sure, at York Durham Line and Queensville Side road sprint across the road yesterday morning. I have seen him or one like, between York Durham Line as far west as Kennedy between Baseline and Queensville Side a few times over last year.

Dec 12, 2016
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2 Wolves together Rouge Park
by: Anonymous

Walking my dog through my back acreage at Major Mack / Ninth Line. Rouge Park forested area along Little Rouge creek, spotted 2 what appeared to be Wolves to me. They were black mostly with a little grey. They were about 2.5 ft tall.


Dec 02, 2016
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Wolf on Revelstoke Road. (North of highway 7 / east of Yonge Street
by: Anonymous

I saw a Grey Wolf today. It was big. Very big. Beware of Wolf.

Nov 23, 2016
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South Vaughan
by: Anonymous

Wolf sighting on Islington Ave just south of hwy 7.

Nov 04, 2016
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Wolf Sighting Bayview and 16th
by: Anonymous

We back onto a ravine in the Bayview and 16th area and saw a Wolf or Coywolf today. It was walking behind our backyard fence. Please be careful if walking your dog in this area.

Hello there - thanks for letting us know. Where you are, it is more likely to be a Coywolf, but you are right to be cautious!

Oct 30, 2016
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Saw the Wolf
by: Anonymous

I was walking north-east of highway 7 and Yonge St and saw what looked like a grey coloured large Coyote / German Shepherd. I originally thought it was a Wolf but didn't think Wolves were in the city until I saw this blog. Now I'm not sure what it was, but it matches what some others reported recently in this area.

Oct 15, 2016
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Pickering town centre
by: Anonymous

One German Shepard sized grey coloured running down Glenanna past the library at about 9:30 pm continued across Kingston Road and gone. Another two spotted on Valley Farm and Kingston Road and than disappeared into field behind houses at about 12:30 am one week later.

Oct 10, 2016
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Wolf seen Bayview and 16th Richmond Hill ,Ontario
by: Anonymous

There was definitely a wolf on the side of the road last evening in the Bayview and 16th Avenue residential area /seen around 11:00 pm on Oct 9, 2016

Sep 22, 2016
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Coyote sighting
by: Anonymous

Was walking my dog just now when a coyote came running up the street and then quickly disappeared behind a building on Cedar at Major Mackenzie.

Jun 14, 2016
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Possible Sighting in College Manor, Newmarket
by: Anonymous

My husband and I were walking down College Manor Blvd tonight in Newmarket around 9:30 pm. About 100 yards ahead of where we were walking was a wetland/forested area that lies on both sides of the road; in the past we've seen deer and foxes coming out of there. Tonight, crossing from the north side of College Manor to the south side of this wetland/forested area, ran what we thought at first was a large husky. It was dark on its back and head, lighter underneath with a low-hanging fluffy tail. We quickly realized by its mannerisms that it was not a normal dog, it looked skittish and moved quickly. It ran across the street and was gone.

May 29, 2016
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Wolf in Stouffville
by: Anonymous

There was a Wolf lingering around in the York regional forest - Mccowan Rd and Aurora side road. I hear the Wolf calling at night and see the Wolf prints on the ground. Neighbors around have seen it.

May 05, 2016
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Wolf sighting
by: Anonymous

May 4th 2016. Im sure I saw a Wolf last night at Old Homestead Road and Kennedy. About 10:30 pm. It sauntered in front of my car, crossing the road. Stopped and looked, then gone. It was easily 100 lbs or more. Dark grey in color. I've seen many Coyotes but this was much much bigger.

Feb 01, 2016
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Wolf sighting?
by: HMT

Today Feb. 1 2016, at 8:00 am I looked out our back kitchen window and I saw two Wolves on the other side of our backyard fence in the vacant field, not more than three feet away from the fence in tall dead grass. I feared for our cat, Simba, since he was let out into the yard around 7:45 am, and since he was AWOL until about one hour later after the sighting, we figured he became breakie for the pack and pups. BTW: I went outside hollered and clapped at the two critters by the fence line and they moseyed along north, they were not very startled, but not hanging around to say hello either, now behind our neighbours' yard. By the time I had dashed down to the end of our yard to get a peek in hopes they didn't grab our cat, they had moved on further north past the next lot, when I saw a third critter ahead of the first two I had just seen. They all blended very well in the high grass. First I thought it was a husky or other big dog, then a second appeared right beside it. Finally the third appeared farther ahead. More grey than Coyote shades. Tall, long large animals, bushy tails, held low on the first two; couldn't tell on the first one I missed earlier. As for the pussycat? He's fine. He was perched up top a tall wooden fence two lots to the south of us. We live on Leslie Street, right across from Princess Auto.

Jan 08, 2016
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Wolf in Ballantrae (Stouffville)
by: Renata S.

I have seen a very dark and large wolf-like animal cross right in front of my car on Ballantrae Road on one snowy night back in February 2014. I caught it with my dashboard camera but it ran off quickly so it recorded just a glance, a bit far off and visibility was poor with the snow and night darkness. However, I did spot the same animal again last night surrounding our property. I have large paw prints left behind on the snow everywhere. We have quite a few rabbits that live in our bushes in the front and back of the property so I guess it was hunting. I will check the outdoor cameras to see if it caught a better image. How can we share here the videos?

Great story - you can send this story, and a link to a youtube video, on this page about the Grey Wolf, just scroll down to where it says "Enter the title of your story here".


Nov 27, 2015
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Wolves in Ajax Nov 26, 2015
by: Jason

I saw two Wolves chasing Squirrels this morning 8 am November 26th. They were big, one lighter color, one with more black. Location: Ajax, ON 43.833441, -79.039712. Be careful.

Feb 02, 2015
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Wolf in Pickering, Ontario
by: Anonymous

Just saw a big black (looked like) Wolf described in this thread. I came to the internet to search sightings. I live in the Audley Road - hwy 7 area. I had no idea we had Wolves in this area but this was defiantly not a Coyote!

Jan 23, 2015
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Wolves
by: Anonymous

There have always been Wolves about. In the early 1980s I saw a pack of greys running one behind the other at 410 and 401 I believe, it was just south of Brampton, beautiful sight. This past summer I saw a big black one bigger then a German Shepard, on Hill street in Hollond landing, he was actually kinda scary looking, reminded me of the big bad Wolf at Grannies in Red Riding Hood, and the three pigs also. Just creepy looking for a Wolf. Just let them be.

Jan 14, 2015
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Wolf spotted near McCowan and Old Homestead
by: Anonymous

I think I spotted the same Wolf as the last person who commented. I saw the tracks when I was walking my dog in the field behind my house. I decided to head back home, then I saw a large dark animal further down the field; it was too large to be a Coyote. Once I got back home I grabbed the binoculars and got a better look, this animal easily weighed over a hundred pounds.

Jan 10, 2015
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Wolf sighting
by: Anonymous

I was driving north on Woodbine-Baseline Road between Keswick and Sutton tonight around 11:00 pm when what I initially thought was a Coyote ran out onto the road. It was chasing something and turned towards my vehicle before circling back off the road. I did get a pretty good look at it as I ended up close to it and had to brake to avoid it and whatever it was chasing. I have looked at images of both Coyote and Wolves on the internet and am convinced that it was indeed a Wolf. The size and the shape of the head and snout were the key indicators for me. It was big and did not have a pointy snout.

Nov 19, 2014
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Wolf on Keele North
by: Anonymous

I am pretty sure I saw a Wolf tonight crossing Keele Street at highway 9. Much bigger than a Coyote and definitely not a Shepherd.

Mar 27, 2014
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Wolf sighting
by: Alexey

I saw what looked liked a Wolf at Richmond Street & Hall Street on Wednesday, March 26,2014 at 11:30 pm. It jumped out of the bushes behind the house right into walkway where I was standing. It looked lean, but healthy. I guess it was hunting cats, because the owners of the house have two cats. It looked at me and then went away north on Hall Street.

Sep 30, 2013
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I have seen Wolves too
by: Anonymous

It was super early in the morning like 3:30 or so and I had fallen asleep at my friends house & decided to go home. I was at Second Concession & Green Lane waiting for the light to turn and I seen what I thought was a dog running along beside my car. I was about to pull over & see if i could coax the dog into the car. (I was afraid it was going to get hit) when my other friend told me to look again at it. It was in fact a Wolf! It looked to be about 90 pounds or so. I hear them quite often in Queensville too.

Aug 29, 2013
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Howling wolves in Richmond Hill
by: Sandy

For quite a few days, my family has been hearing one single Wolf howling away each night, very close to our house by Mill Pond. We felt so bad for the lone Wolf. Then two nights ago, during the night, we heard a pack of them howling away. I thought the lone Wolf finally found his pack. Last night we didn't hear anything. They are definitely not Coyotes. Are there Wolves in this area?

I'm not sure if anyone else has seen or heard Wolves in your area, but check back here again soon, someone may write in to tell us!

Apr 18, 2013
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York wolves, Oh yes!
by: Anonymous

There are many wolves around York region, saw a huge grey Timber Wolf on the ninth line at highway area in fall of '06, also there is a large pack of black Wolves living in the lands north of Pickering near York-Durham line / highway 7. The animals are quite unafraid and will approach, caution must be taken ^. .^

Nov 04, 2012
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Wolves in Newmarket
by: Evert Akkerman

I have pictures of Wolves in our backyard while we lived in the Bogart Pond development in Newmarket, just off the intersection Leslie & Mulock. This was in the winter of 2008.



Jan 06, 2012
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Wolf photographed in York Region
by: Matt

A friend of the family took a great picture of a Wolf near the Vivien Road in York region (east of Newmarket) last week.

It is certainly a healthy looking Wolf which is great to see back in this area after decades of persecution.

The question is, how many of them are their and are they back to stay?


Thanks for the info - I don't know if the Wolves are back in your area, but I wonder if your friends would mind sending us their photo of the Wolf, and we can add it to our website.

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