CanadaWolves spotted around Giant Mine in Yellowknife

20:55  06 december  2018
20:55  06 december  2018 Source:   cbc.ca

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The Giant Mine was a gold mine located on the Ingraham Trail, 5 km (3.1 mi) north of Yellowknife , Northwest Territories. Giant Mine is within the Kam Group, which is part of the Yellowknife greenstone belt.

An exploration program at the Giant Mine property on the north end of town had suggested a sizable gold deposit in 1944. A new mining rush and fourth building boom for Yellowknife began with the discovery of diamonds 300 km (190 mi) north of the city in 1991.[24] The last of the gold mines in

Wolves have been spotted around Yellowknife in the area around Giant Mine, wildlife officials in the Northwest Territories say.

The wolves have been spotted individually and in packs, as recently as last week around the boat launch near the Giant Mine remediation site, the Great Slave Sailing Club, Back Bay and Yellowknife Bay, according to a release from the territory's Environment Department.

The wolves look like big husky dogs and weigh about 40 and 50 kilograms, the release states.

Officials warn residents about walking their pets around these areas and warn people to stay more than 100 metres away from the wolves.

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The city of Yellowknife grew around the Giant and Con headframes. Gold ore and mineworkers streamed up and down C-shaft. Men trusted their lives to the big hoist wheels turning, the cage riding on fat, twined steel cables. Hundreds of workers came and went, fell in love in Yellowknife , married

Wolves spotted around Giant Mine in Yellowknife© Dawn Villella/Associated Press Wolves have been spotted around Yellowknife lately. The Northwest Territories Environment Department says it's not uncommon because the area is part of their range.

"Begin a scare tactic immediately well before the wolf is within 100 metres," the release states. "Raise your arms and wave them in order to make yourself appear larger."

Wolf sightings in Yellowknife are not unusual, and conflicts with humans are very rare, the release states. That's because they are "extremely wary of humans and not aggressive toward them by nature."

But. they have been known to approach humans walking their dogs. In March. one Yellowknife resident and her dog had a close encounter with a wolf on Yellowknife Bay.

The department is advising residents to carry around poles or sticks if they come in contact with a pack of wolves.

"Shout at the wolf if it ventures close to you. If yelling at the wolf has no effect hit the wolf with the walking stick if one comes within striking distance," the release states.

To report a wildlife emergency call the regional office at 867-873-7181.

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