Wolf sighting in North London, - Fanshawe Road east of the Walmart

by Michael
(London, Ontario, Canada)

Michael from London sent us this Wolf sighting - On Friday January 28 2010, I was shopping at the Wal-Mart early around 7AM, I was driving east on Fanshawe Road, towards Wonderland Road, London, when a Wolf ran into the side of my car.


I was driving east in the right lane beside the open field just east of the Tim Horton's on the North side of the road. The road has no shoulder in that area, so I drove to the Petro-Can station at the corner of Wonderland Road and Fanshawe Park Road, then drove back to where it hit my car, but could not see anything and could not park anywhere close.

I called the London Animal control, and they sent someone to the area to see if they could locate the animal .... I called back around 10am and the woman said he had found some tracks, but lost the trail - it snowed after I was in the area, so the tracks would have been covered over.

I just got off the phone with a guy called Tim at the Ministry of Natural Resources - he told me they have not had a wolf sighting in SW Ontario in something like 100 years ..... he said it might have been a Coyote?

I looked up the Timber Wolf on Google images - and that is what hit my car .... sad but true.

The Coyote is typicaly 30 - 50 lbs, whereas the animal I saw just before it hit me, was bigger than my friends 100lb Rottweiler .... he said it could have been a Husky dog, and they can get to 100lbs - so, I guess I will never know!

I was at the dealership this morning - there is $1500.00 damage to the side of my car - something which would not happen with a fifty pound coyote!

Thank you Michael, for such a detailed report - I get emails every week from people who see Wolves in Southern Ontario, and I guess some of them could be Coyotes, but I have had around ten or 15 reports in the past year.

Some of these were from people who would certainly know the difference between a Wolf and a Coyote, so perhaps the authorities will have to re-think their stand about the status of the Wolf in Southern Ontario!

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Aug 25, 2017
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Definitely not a Coyote
by: Anonymous

Cycling along 13 Mile Road West of Hyde Park Road near St George. An enormous fully-black wolf tore across the road in front of me - narrowly missing me as well and older pair of grandparents taking their toddler grandchildren out for afternoon walk. Weighed over 100 pounds, easily, moving very very quickly and I can still hear the sound of the large paws and nails scraping over the road.

Aug 09, 2017
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Of course there's wolves
by: Anonymous

Earlier this summer driving up Adelaide N (London) on my way to work early in the morning, I spotted what I thought was one of those big white dog benches in the dog park, the ones that look like giant dog bones... I even went as far to say to myself, "What's wrong with that bench, is it broke?" Until it moved. I have seen the same species in south Pickering (Near Oshawa) on 3 occasions and this was the very same, and huge. I called animal control, they told me only that, they knew they were there and that's their home. So if there are Wolves in busy built up south Pickering, there surely are Wolves here in London, especially with all the vast natural environment for wild life, that have easy access from the north and from Lake St Clair. It would be silly not to think Wolves are here, if there are deer there are Wolves! Happy trails everyone :)

Oct 05, 2015
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Black Wolf
by: Anonymous

I spotted a big black one this evening at Kains Rd and Westdel Bourne area. Have contacted animal services.

Aug 03, 2015
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Wolves Near Middlemiss
by: Anonymous

My partner and I were driving north on Melbourne Road in a huge thunderstorm around 11 pm this Sunday night. We were around Middlemiss when large animals walked/jogged onto the road out of nowhere surprising us (first thought "deer"). They came into clear view and one stopped in dead centre of the road. My partner and I both screamed as we had to swerve to avoid hitting it with the car. Strikingly tall, the Wolf just stood there staring at us as we missed it by not more than a meter. I've never seen Wolves in the wild and never so close but there was no mistaking it, these were no dogs or Coyotes, they were almost eye level with us sitting in my Honda Fit. I'm glad no one was hurt, I'm still recovering from the shock but real glad to have had the privilege to witness rare wildlife.

Feb 21, 2015
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Wolves In London
by: Anonymous

I saw what looked like a deer in a field off of Veteran's Memorial Parkway at Huron Street. Upon closer observation it became clear it was a Wolf. Far too large for a Coyote. I walked slowly across the field. We took a photo, but he was pretty far away. But, the photo is that of a Wolf. Huge animal, long full tail. Very sure of himself. Stopped and looked towards us, and then went on his way, alone.

Jan 25, 2015
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Saw pack of Wolves in the North end of London on Adalaid st e
by: Anonymous

I was driving last night just north of London on Adelaide and saw a pack of Wolves (January 24, 2015). I had my dog in the truck with me when I noticed eyes in the field so I slowed down to see what it was. Either a Wolf or a Coy-wolf. I noticed my dog growling, with his fur standing up. I then noticed three wolves / coy wolves standing at the side of the road maybe 10 feet away from the truck. My rotti-lab barked and one took off running into the field but the largest one yelped back at him and just stood there. I was frightened so I drove off. My boyfriend works on a farm near Ilderton and we have seen quite a few Coyotes this past summer, but none were as big as what I saw last night. My dog is 60 lbs and is considerably smaller than the Coywolves beside the truck.

Dec 15, 2014
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I also saw a Wolf crossing Fanshawe Park Road in London
by: Anonymous

This happened at around 2 am this morning. It was a massive grey one that ran across the street and then was running right on front of the car I was in, for a good 5 seconds before it ran into a field and out of sight, this was between Highbury Avenue and Adelaide Street. I've seen Coyotes and Deer in the area many times before, but this was something I've never seen in real life. My friend also saw this and we're both like 95% sure it was a Wolf. Luckily I was not on my bike as I usually am in this area.

Mar 21, 2014
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Wolf in London, Ontario.
by: Anonymous

Like the other Michael, I too saw a Wolf on Fanshawe Park Road however, I was closer to Clarke Road, when I saw it. I called Wolves Ontario and they said there were none in my area however, I am use to the weight of dogs and this animal had to have been at least 80 lbs and could not have been a Coyote, as they tried to tell me. This wolf ran right in front of my car and I came very close to it and had a good look.

This sighting, of mine, was back in about 2006. I am posting this in 2014.

thanks,
Michael...

Dec 27, 2013
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Not just one wolf in Aurora (Ontario)
by: Sally

I keep my eyes a good distance ahead when driving on the highway (training lessons never forgotten)... But get this, it's about 4pm on the 26th of December 2013 and we're about 1 km from the Wellington Exit ramp on highway 404 northbound. Out of west side forested area, there's a large dog crossing the highway. After making it to the other side it wanders back to the middle of the road. That's when myself, and everyone in my car was able to see that it wasn't just a dog. It was far too big to be a coyote unless it was cross bred.
Unlike a stray dog, that may appear to look lost from it's domesticated home setting, this animal looked noticeably healthy and comfortable with it's surrounding. I'd say it was the size of a larger German Shepherd.
As I passed it, and looked into my rear view mirror, I saw another same sized dog, but pure black, follow it's path and cross the highway.
What are the chances of it being a dog? I'd say minimal. Especially after seeing the other black dog following it like it was part of it's pack.

It was a treat to see this in the comfort of my vehicle, but I wouldn't want to be changing a flat tire at night on the side of that road. Not without a firearm.

Mar 18, 2013
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Wolf Sighting
by: Anonymous

Hello everyone, I spotted a Wolf last night at Bradley Ave right around Old Victoria area. I noticed him at night, his orange eyes were glaring at me with his teeth out. He seem to be eating road kill at the time I seen him.

Mar 18, 2013
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I have also seen a Wolf
by: Anonymous

Hey everyone, I saw a Wolf today, at first I thought it could've bin a huge stray dog, but I seen his fangs as I was driving down the road. It was near Bradley Ave in between Jackson and Old Victoria Road. The Wolf / canine animal, was eating road-kill.
I had to slow down to see if was seeing things, the size of that Wolf was equivalent to a Great Dane dog or a tad bit smaller. That's all I got.
It was a exciting sight

Feb 01, 2013
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North London Coyote sighting
by: Anonymous

Wonderland and Fanshawe Park Road. Two Coyotes sighted in the afternoon today in the wooded area next to the Housing construction at Sunningdale. Keep your eyes open as there are a lot of wild turkey in this area and they might be hunting them.

Aug 31, 2012
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Wolf in Foxfield Subdivision
by: Anonymous

I Just returned to the London area and one of the guys working for me in the subdivision (Wonderland Road & Fanshawe Park Road) told me about his experience with a Wolf in April 2012.

He said he was on site working in a new home early in the morning when he looked out the window and saw a Wolf take down a deer in the back yard of the home under construction.

He said the Wolf jumped up and grabbed the deer by the throat and dragged it into the bush. He said the noise of the deer screaming was very eerie.

Wow - that is really something - when I started to read this I figured that what your buddy saw was a Coyote, but that doesn't sound like a Coyote to me!

I travel along Fanshawe Park Road west, past the Foxfield subdivision, several times a week, so from now on I'll keep my eyes open!

Thank you for sending this to us!

May 17, 2012
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Wolf sighted in South London, Bradley Avenue East
by: Anonymous

May 10, 2012
I saw a Wolf last night. It was standing on the train tracks on Bradley Ave, just before Pond Mills Road, London, Ontario, if you're heading east.

I guess it could have been a Coyote, but it sure looked like a Wolf to me. I think a Coyote has a slimmer muzzle.

Apr 03, 2012
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Possible Wolf / Coyote sighting
by: Lindsay

Oxford Street, East London Ontario near the airport

The other night I was going out for a snack at Max Milk, just as I was about to pull out of the driveway at work, I saw what looked like a large shadow cross the road then walked under the street light.

The coloring matches that of the hybrid of a prairie Wolf / Coyote hybrid.

They are more commonly found in the suburbs of Toronto. I had to do some research last night trying to identify this canine.

It was far larger then a Coyote but had similar coloring.

Very interesting - my daughter, who lives near the London Airport, also claims to have heard Wolves, which are different than the usual Coyotes that they hear often.

Nov 23, 2011
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I think it was a Wolf
by: Anonymous

Today at 12:50 I was walking my dog off leash in the ravine in the Northridge area, as I do most days.

Sam (dog) had stopped and up ahead about 30 feet was what appeared to be at first glance, a large Husky - the interaction lasted all of 3 seconds before it quickly ran away.

Immediately I thought I had witnessed something wild - I don't know why I thought that...it just seemed wild.

It took me all of 10 seconds to arrive at the spot where this animal had stood, with the path ahead completely clear - not a person nor dog ahead. I was sure I would see the dog with its owner.

I knew immediately that the animal I had seen was not a domestic dog.

I think it was at that time I went from a quick walk, to a full out run!

It was about 10 minutes later when I came across my first walker with her two dogs. I asked if anyone had walked by her with a large Husky-type dog. She saw no one.

When I got home I looked up images of Coyotes and Wolves. I believe I saw a Wolf.

Has anyone else seen this animal in the Northridge ravine area?


May 28, 2011
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Wolf sighting Wonderland Rd N
by: Anonymous

Over the last month I have seen on 3 occasions a large animal that resembles a german shepherd,(not)...it was a much larger animal.. walking along a tree line just north of Oxford Street.
Last Sunday night when fire crackers were going off... there was much howling going on when I awoke about 11:30 pm... The howling kept up for about a half hour.
It does not surprise me that others have seen a wolf in this area of the city,

May 21, 2011
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London Ontario prints
by: Brandon

I am not sure of the prints my friend and I have found. I took a picture. I don't think it was a dog for various reasons. We were in the forest and there was no human foot prints around, and also if a dog had nails like this then somebody needs to cut them. How do I send my picture in?

Hi - go to this page The Grey Wolf and fill in the form that says "Enter the title of your story here", and as soon as you have typed the title, for example you might put "Possible Wolf print", the rest of the form will appear, and you can upload your picture there.

Jul 12, 2010
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Wolf tracks
by: Anonymous

I have a photo of some of what look like wolf tracks - paw prints. I found these while walking dowm Westminister Drive off of Colonel Talbot Rd.

Please send your photo to us, we'd love to see it and so would our readers!

Jun 07, 2010
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Coyote Sighting
by: B. Blair

Monday, June 7/2010 @1900h

Very certain a Coyote travelled through our townhouse complex that runs adjacent to the Thames River on Commissioners Rd West (Byron).

The Coyote travelled through the front of the property (possibly coming from the ravine) and then travelled behind the townhouse units.

This is our first sighting of a Coyote in this area. Groundhogs and chipmunks are plentiful here - possibly, this could have been the reason for its presence.

Mar 22, 2010
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Wolf near London Airport
by: Anonymous

Last night while outside the warehouse near the London, Ontario, Airport, I am quite sure that I saw a Wolf. There is a silt tarp up where there is construction currently, which the Wolf towered over and the colouring matched the Wolf and NOT a Coyote.

This seems to give a little merit to the sighting in January that is posted here.

Thanks for your info - the authorities say that there are no Wolves in Southern Ontario, however, others believe that the Coyotes today have some Red Wolf in them, making them a Wolf-Coyote hybrid. Perhaps the animals we are seeing in this area are these hybrids. Meanwhile, please continue to submit your sightings!

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