Wolf chases man on motorcycle along B.C. highway

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Wolf chase

Photo by Tim Bartlett

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While cottagers are no strangers to unusual and exciting animal encounters, Banff resident Tim Bartlett has one for the books.  

Last Saturday, while Bartlett was riding his new motorcycle on Highway 93 through British Columbia’s Rocky Mountains, a massive grey wolf emerged from the forest alongside the highway.  

According to a report by the CBC, the wolf crossed a lane of traffic and began chasing Barlett, keeping up with him for nearly a kilometre. 

“This is wildlife on steroids” Bartlett told Global News, as it’s considered very rare wolf behaviour. Parks Canada’s Michelle Macullo told the CBC that it’s uncommon to even see a wolf, let alone be chased by one.

“There is a high, high probability that this wolf has been habituated and it is accustomed to getting food rewards from humans along that stretch of highway, and that’s directly contributing to its current behaviour,” a B.C. conservation officer told the National Post

People are encouraged to call authorities if they spot animals exhibiting strange or aggressive behavior such as this. While Bartlett did contact officials, it was only after he managed to capture this experience of a lifetime on camera.

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lucasr@staff.ednet.ns.ca

Mar. 31, 2014

2:06 pm

I can't blame the wolf, he/she was probably wondering how much "horse" power he had!!


Mario Eastman

Mar. 30, 2014

10:19 am

It's not a wolf, it's The Littlest Hobo. He was obviously trying to help the man on the motorcycle through some kind of crisis or personal problem.


Hansel

Mar. 30, 2014

12:36 am

I've seen a lone wolf on this stretch of the highway before. Poor sole doesn't know what to do with himself.


patcollins09@gmail.com

Jun. 20, 2013

12:42 pm

Could just be a bored young wolf. No deer to chase. Dogs chase cars, bikes ect.


KEW

Jun. 20, 2013

9:56 am

Meals On Wheels!


marevel@rogers.com

eveldo

Jun. 20, 2013

7:53 am

I strongly suspect that this wolf (or hybrid) had been hand-raised and subsequently abandoned in the wild by someone who owned a motorcycle of the same type (sound) as the individual who took the photos.


gclemson@globalinkage.net

Jun. 19, 2013

7:22 pm

I wonder what would have happened if the guy on the motorcycle had stopped!


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