Wolves have been spotted around Yellowknife in the area around Giant Mine, says NWT wildlife officials.

The wolves were spotted around the boat launch near Giant Mine as recently as last week. They’ve been seen alone as well as in packs. According to a release from the territory’s Environment Department some have also been spotted near the Great Slave Sailing Club, Back Bay and Yellowknife Bay,

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

Environment Department says wolf sightings are not unusual but ask residents to be very careful. Officials also warn residents about walking their pets around these areas and warn people to stay more than 100 metres away from the wolves.

The release states that you should begin a scare tactic immediately well before the wolf is within 100 metres.

“Raise your arms and wave them in order to make yourself appear larger. Yell or use noisemakers such as air horns, or throw sticks and rocks to scare the animal away.”

Wolves having conflicts with humans are very rare because they are extremely wary of humans and not aggressive toward them by nature the release states. However, they have been known to approach humans walking their dogs.

In the release, the department advises residents to use a walking stick or ski poles 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.”

To report a wildlife emergency call the regional office at 867-873-7181 or call 867-767-9238 ext. 53247 to report a wildlife sighting.