Wolf sighting in North London, - Fanshawe Road east of the Walmart
(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 7 am, 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 Petrocan 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 typically 30 - 50 lbs, whereas the animal I saw just before it hit me, was bigger than my friends 100 lb 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!