Wolf Sighting On Welland Canal Parkway St. Catharines

by Josie
(St. Catharines, Ontario)

Josie, one of our readers from St Catherines, Ontario, sent us this report - I was driving along the Welland Canal Parkway to Lock 3 Estates tonight at 9pm, when I saw what I thought was a very large dog running at the side of the road near the forest (there is an undeveloped area there which will soon be more town homes).


I slowed down, which was a good thing because the animal veered onto the road and stopped for a second in the middle of my lane, startled.

I honked my horn like crazy because I was terrified I was about to hit the poor animal and I could see other cars coming from the opposite direction.

Luckily, I scared it back into the forest, but I could tell from the look I got at it and the way it ran, it was very powerful and stealthy when it moved, that it was not a dog and it was too large to be a Coyote.

I came home and looked at images online to be sure and it was most definitely a Wolf! I had no idea that there were Wolves in this area!! I might be a little nervous next time my fiance and I go for an evening walk along the parkway trails!

Thank you so much for your report, Josie, how exciting to experience such a close encouter!

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Sep 26, 2016
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Wolf in Niagara on the Lake
by: Anonymous

Returning home this evening, at around 9 pm, I had to do an emergency stop just metres from my house on East and West Line, Niagara on the Lake, as two Wolves, yes I am calling them Wolves, they were much too large to be Coyotes! Ran out in front of my car. They stopped and ran back in the direction they had come from. I have seen many Coyote around here and they don't make me nervous, the two I saw this evening were large and do make me nervous!

Apr 24, 2016
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Coy-wolves
by: Brian

Yes they are well and still thriving. We recently saw three behind our home off Martindale Road close to downtown and sightings at the St Catharines Golf Club have also been reported. April 2016

Apr 13, 2016
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Wolf on Dunn Street
by: Anonymous

I spotted a large Wolf running on Dunn Street in the Falls, it was fast and running beside my car. Very scary.

Oct 28, 2015
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I saw them too
by: Anonymous

On October 26th I saw what I though was two Wolves. Now it was dark, and I have seen Coyotes as well but they are usually smallish and these 2 were much larger. They were running along "Walker's Creek" going from Lakeshore to Linwell. Luckily they didn't see my little dog or she would have been dinner for them. LOL. I love nature, and hope all the Coyotes and Wolves are left alone so they can keep the deer population under control as well as all the other little rodents they eat.

Oct 21, 2015
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Beware!!!!! Not all these comments are true
by: Anonymous

Coyote/ Coyote-dog .... generation after generation of breeding in the wild, domestic German Shepherd with a wild coyote - evolution will always remain a constant. All dogs came from a Wolf at one time, so what I am saying is through the course of nature what people are witnessing is a natural course or reverting to origin, a new breed, not actually a Timber or Grey Wolf, but a man made hybrid. Fascinating species, don't be fooled, it's not a wolf ... not yet!

Jun 15, 2015
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WAY too close for comfort!!!
by: Anonymous

Last week (June 8th) we woke up to our motion light going off in our backyard around 2:30 am. My husband got up and was horrified to see a coywolf/coyote through the family room window on our back deck!!! We believe it was attracted by the smells of our barbeque... How can this bold behaviour not be dangerous to residents?!

May 16, 2015
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Wolf sighting
by: Janet kerr

Around 1:30 Thursday morning I saw what I thought was a black wolf, big one and that was in Welland just off of Eastmain bridge and a side road digging in someone's garbage can found it alittle scary but cool to see if it really was a wolf.

Mar 22, 2015
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Don't cry Wolf
by: Anonymous

It is very rare that a Wolf is seen in the day. There are quite large Coyotes and dog packs in the area.

Mar 04, 2015
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Wolves in Welland
by: Shane

I live in Welland, on the outskirts of town near the Welland Canal. Back in June 2013 I was warned about some coyotes that were walking around. Being the curious type, I went out to see them. They were far too big to be coyotes.

Feb 15, 2015
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Wolves
by: Anonymous

I live on the Welland Canal in Port Robinson. At 5:30 am leaving my house, I noticed two of what looked like Wolves running down our road. They were massive ..... there definitely are Wolves living in Niagara!

Feb 11, 2015
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Wolves are here
by: Anonymous

Many people around don't believe that wolves are around Niagara. About three years ago I was up by Brock, and instead of turning to head down the hill, I decided to take the scenic route and turned towards Decew Falls. As I turned onto Merritville highway, just past the parking lot, I could see something coming up from the creek, so I pulled over (along with another car). We watched as a huge blonde Wolf came up onto the road, crossed and walked off into the woods and towards the university. It was not a Coyote, it was not a pet, it was not a coy-wolf, it was a Wolf no doubt at all. It was amazing and huge, I tried to take a photo but my phone couldn't catch it. My husband had also seen a Wolf not far from that spot.

Dec 12, 2014
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Just saw two beautiful Coyotes
by: Anonymous

Friday December 12 ~ 9:20 p, two Coyotes came onto Sawmill Road near Wellandvale - they immediately went into the woods that run along the old Niagara College Campus and the Twelve Mile Creek... They are in the city limits - should they be?

Oct 01, 2014
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Wolf East West Line at Concession 2
by: Anonymous

Too big for a Coyote. Seemed too big for a dog ..... it ambled slowly across the road to sniff garbage put out. I slowed down and drove past it. I'm pretty sure it was a Wolf and not a dog, judging by the size and the fact it had no collar, and was running loose.

Aug 04, 2014
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Wolves in Niagara
by: Anonymous

Really sorry to inform you non-believers that there are Wolves in the Niagara region. I have also studied Wolves for over 20 years and it is a fact they can be found in rural areas as well in the quiet hours of the night slightly within city limits. True they mostly travel in packs, but there are a few young that choose to go off on their own in search of other packs among other reasons. The distance they travel in their life span is, for the lack of a better word amazing, and really not surprising due to forestation, disease in their food supply as well as smaller numbers due to our interference.
I could go on and on with countless reasons for sightings, I highly doubt they would call this area home so enjoy them while you can.
As for Coyotes, stray dogs they're here to stay. If you seen them and then seen a Wolf you'd know the difference right away. Wolves are very timid animals, they may stop to take a look, but unless cornered are harmless.

Feb 05, 2014
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Howling Sounds
by: wayne

At the end of January 2014 we were working in Beamsville, aprox 12:00 am. Heard the Coyotes yipping, then out of nowhere heard one long howl. Then all noise stopped. Has any one else heard this. My email is easy.doesit09@hotmail.com

Jun 05, 2013
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Coyotes in St Catharines
by: Anonymous

I too doubt that there are Wolves in Niagara, but there are definitely several well-fed Coyotes in Port Weller.

I work nights and drive home around 3 am and have seen Coyotes on three separate occasions over the past year. Two instances on Arthur Street, and once crossing Cindy Street where the Cindy Park trail crosses; in that instance, I saw two of them.

Nov 05, 2012
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Wolf coyoty sittngs
by: Anonymous

I live in St Catharines by the canal parkway and have hiked at night and day on both sides of the canal east and west.
I have heard Coyotes yelping and yipping on the rare occasion and have only seen one for sure.
You would think there would be lots of them - plenty of geese around or maybe that's too much for them?
I don't doubt they're here, I think if people were more careful about the garbage hanging around, these animals should not be fed intentionally, otherwise we would be better off.
We are land gluts.
What would you do if your houses and yards were destroyed and your way of life taken away?
Adapt or die.
As far as single wolf being sighted, it's very hard to tell from a single dog and some mixed breed dogs not, likely a wolf.
WW shouldn't destroy what we don't understand.
WE as humans in general are very good at this.

Nov 02, 2012
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Wolves in Welland / Fonthill
by: Anonymous

Two mornings ago, my wife and I saw 2 Wolves running along a tree line behind our house. They were only 30 feet from where we stood so we were able to get a really good look at them. Definitely too big for Coyote and definitely not dogs. We were able to watch them for roughly a full minute as they moved along the tree line and stopped every so often to smell.

For anyone who doesn't believe there are Wolves in this region, you are wrong!

Jan 26, 2011
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Wolves are not dangerous
by: Anonymous

Regardless of Wolves being in Southern Ontario or not, you are safe.

Wolves are not aggressive towards humans, in fact that is ignorant folklore.

Look it up ..... there has never been a Wolf-related death of a human in Canada (excluding Wolves that have been domesticated).

Jan 24, 2011
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Coyotes
by: Anonymous

One of our readers comments - I have seen Coyotes many many times in that area and I also see them fairly often at Shorthills. Coyotes are being spotted more and more in Thorold, Niagara Falls and St. Kitts (St Catharines).

So I know for a fact that we have them living in the Niagara region, but definately no Wolves.

I highly doubt it was a stray dog though lol.

Nov 15, 2010
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Wolf looking thing in Welland
by: Anonymous

I was on my way home tonight and on the corner of Webber Road and South Pelham Road, I saw a thing that looked like a Wolf, it was much too big to be a Coyote, so i was a little freaked out.

There was no way it was a dog, it was just way too big to be a dog - this thing was HUGE.

I have never been more terrified. Considering its two blocks from my house, and I have pets that go outside alone all day.

Maureen

May 12, 2010
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NOT a wolf
by: Noah Dillon ( wolf studier)

There have been rumers of a coyote in Malcolmson park by lock 1. There have been a few sightings between the residents who live there, saying that it's dangerous to walk in the park in the nightly hours, due to the coyote infestation, which has grown bolder, and comes closer to houses in search of food.

May 06, 2010
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NOT a Wolf!
by: Noah Dillon( wolf studier)

In my studies on Wolves, they do not live this far south due to human termination. Also, Wolves usually travel in packs, and hunt for deer or other large animals, not the ones you would find in a city of St.Catharines.

The canine she saw must have been a stray dog. Sorry for any inconvenience, but you and your fiance can safely walk on the canal trail.

That will be a relief to the residents of St Catherines, although Coyotes are becoming common around residential areas across Southern Ontario, it may possibly have been one of those

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