The Black Wolf of St Jacobs

by Avril Borthiry
(Guelph, Ontario, Canada)

Black Wolf

Black Wolf

Several years ago, I had a cancer scare. I was awaiting the results of tests, and was, naturally, very frightened.

It was a Sunday and my husband took me for a drive out to St Jacobs, a small but popular Mennonite village near Waterloo, Ontario.

As we drove through the village, I noticed a large dark animal standing on the right side of the road a few hundred yards ahead.

I focused on it, since it seemed unusual. Was it a loose dog?

I watched as we approached. It had moved now, and stood to the side of the road, just off the shoulder.

As we passed, I got a good look at the animal, and with awe, realized what I was seeing.

"That was a Wolf!" I said to my husband.

"Where?" he said, slowing the car to a halt.

"Just back there. It was a big black wolf."

He reversed the car back to the spot where the wolf had stood.

It was in field now, standing sideways on to the car, it's head turned and staring at us.

I swear it had yellow eyes. It was huge. It was magnificent.

After a minute or two, it turned and loped off into the nearby woods with the typical wolf gait.

For some strange romantic reason, I took it as an omen.

I had never seen anything like that before and it was an amazing experience.

My tests came back clear.

What a wonderful story, Avril, I got goosebumps as I was reading it! I'm so happy too, that you got a clean bill of health!


Picture of Black Wolf courtesy of Dreamstime

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Jun 25, 2018
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Grateful for this post!
by: Anonymous

I just saw a big black dog / wolf that I thought was a German Shepherd-ish looking dog but I knew it was more wolf with longer fur around the head. I have spent 20 minutes googling different things and finally came up with this post. I saw the black dog / wolf just outside of St. Jacobs at the edge of a farm. It disappeared into the crop at the edge of the farm and nearby road so fast that I wasn't certain. Glad I saw your post. I know for sure it was a black wolf now!!

Feb 26, 2016
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Black Wolf
by: Kevin

It would have been near the same time period 7 or 8 years ago I may have also seen the same one near the St. Jacobs market property. It was late afternoon as I was pulling out of the back area parking and at the edge of the lot close to a stand of trees was a large black Wolf-looking animal by itself, it was quite large and took notice of me and carried on. It really stands out in my mind as being a dog person, it didn't look like any dog I have seen before.

Oct 17, 2015
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Black Wolf of St Jacobs
by: Anonymous

Hello, I saw this, or another similar wolf, in the Dundas Valley Conservation area. It was 5 years ago and I would hike the Valley and Escarpment trails with my dog - female, Aussie/GSD mix. On several occasions this black wolf, a juvenile at the time, was only a few feet away. I could have touched him with my walking stick. He gave off friendly body language initiating play bows towards my dog which I, nonetheless, kept at my side.
After a time, the wolf turned and ran off. A reassuring sign as that indicated a healthy desire to distance himself from humans. I had three such close encounters with him. The last I saw of this wolf was 2 years ago near Brantford on the Rail Trail.

Jun 03, 2012
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Black Wolf
by: Mike Wilson

I have seen this black Wolf about four years ago just outside the town of St.Jacobs.

I was west of town and east about 1/2 mile from the market when I saw it.

I notice it looked injured but definitely not a big dog.

Oct 16, 2009
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Wolves are here
by: Anonymous

I know some people speculate as to whether there are really Wolves in Southern Ontario, and this story is just more proof that they ARE here.

I live about 40 minutes from Guelph and I have seen them myself.

How can anyone deny the existence of Wolves in Southern Ontario, when we are now seeing Coyote / Wolf hybrids in Toronto?!

The Wolves are here!

I'm with you there, Anonymous!

Sep 05, 2009
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I got the chills
by: Anonymous

I got the chills when I read your story about seeing the wolf. I wish I could see one.

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