Wolf spotted in Brampton ravine
by Barry Roy
(Brampton, Ontario, Canada)
Folks, I know the difference between a Coyote and a Wolf.
On Tuesday January 24, 2012, approximately 1815 hrs, I was walking my 65 lbs Standard Poodle along the trail connected to Westchester Park. This park is between Kennedy and Hurontario on Steeles, in Brampton.
There is a prepared, well-lit trail emanating from this park that leads to the Brampton Golf Club. While foraging along this trail (between the first and second lamp-posts, my large poodle was confronted by what I recognized as a Wolf
Thankfully, since I was very close, I was able to charge the animal and chase it away. The animal did not get a chance to bite my dog. However, it was quite obvious that this Wolf was interested in preying upon my pet.
Naturally, I called both Peel Police and Animal Control authorities. My report reference number was designated to be "A12110068". I was told the situation would be investigated.
If this animal was NOT
a Wolf, it has to be one of the largest Coyotes
alive. It dwarfed my 65 lb Standard Poodle and resembled a very large German Shepherd, with an extremely thick coat and long tail.
Regardless of the actual species of this animal, it is VERY
large and potentially dangerous to both humans and/or their domestic pets.
I understand why a Wolf would be on this trail: rabbits and Deer
are common to it. For its' size and overall appearance, I am confident that this creature was a wolf. I was close to it, between two powerful hydro lamp-posts.
Don't let anyone tell you that it is impossible for Wolves to live in Brampton! They are here, and like Coyotes, use creek-fed ravines, parklands, and/or golf courses on which to hunt, breed, and ultimately survive!Wow, thank you for this amazing (and well written) report of your sighting! I hope you don't mind that I took this from our "Comments" section where people may not see it, to here where it has a full page to itself.
Thanks for telling us about this - we get around 950 - 1,000 people each day visiting our website, many of whom read our blog, so I hope the word gets out that there is a large carnivore in Brampton.I will also post this on our facebook page.