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Police officer shoots and kills escaped white wolf

Wolf spotted Wednesday night near farm animals on the west side of Port Colborne; officer discharged firearm 'due to the wolf being potentially dangerous'
20220404 Niagara Regional Police cruiser

On Aug. 3, 2022, at approximately 7 p.m. the Communications Unit of the Niagara Regional Police Service (NRPS) began receiving calls related to sightings of the escaped wolf on the west side of Port Colborne.

As officers assigned to 6 District responded to the area, a property owner reported the wolf and expressed concern for the safety of their animals.  Officers attended and attempted to contain and capture the wolf, however, were unsuccessful.  The Niagara SPCA was contacted but had not yet arrived on-scene.

Given the close proximity of the wolf to the farm animals, out of concern for the safety of those animals, due to the wolf being potentially dangerous, an officer discharged a firearm and fatally shot the wolf.

The investigation into the housing of the wolf is ongoing and will be continued by the City of Port Colborne By-Law Department, the Niagara SPCA, and the Ministry of Natural Resources with assistance from the NRPS.

The remains of the wolf are currently with the Niagara SPCA.