Since early last month, several wolves have been sighted in the vicinity of Miquelon, Desmairsville and Waswanipi, Quebec. Two pet dogs were killed and eaten by wolves in Miquelon during the first week of December.

The Waswanipi Cree First Nation, police force and public safety committee organized a wolf hunt to ensure the safety of the members of the community. To date, two wolves have been killed, one within the boundaries of the Waswanipi community.

Wolves have also been seen on the streets of Waswanipi and have left tracks leading to open porches of local residents’ homes. A public notice has been issued warning people not to walk around at night and to keep their pets safely indoors.

The wolves’ brave behaviour seems to result from the combination of extreme cold and hunger, and possibly the easy prey of domestic pets.