Monday, May 20, 2013
Bicyclist Spots Lone Wolf On Tony Knowles Coastal Trail
Wildlife biologists urge trail users to “use common sense”
ANCHORAGE—An Anchorage bicyclist claims several people have seen a lone wolf wandering along the Tony Knowles Coastal Trail without a pack.
Biologists with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game are asking the public to not approach it.
Pablo Portillo, 34, is an avid bicyclist. He rides on the coastal trail three times a week. One morning last week, he saw more than just the occasional moose on the trail.
Portillo took photos of what he said was a lone wolf on the trail near Pt. Woronzof in West Anchorage.
“Obviously I was kind of freaking out,” he said. “I didn’t want to get attacked or nothing, but I was excited, too, so I guess the excitement kind of overcame the fear at that point.”
Fish and Game biologist Jessy Coltrane says although the sighting is rare, it is possible to see one.
“You do have the potential to see wildlife at any given time, “ she said. “But don’t approach it.”
But trail users say they aren’t sure what to think.
“It would make me a little uneasy, it might surprise me,” said Ann Larabee, who was walking on the trail Tuesday afternoon.
Anchorage resident Mike Grisham says he has no problem encountering a wolf.
“What a great way to teach kids about how people and animals can interact,” Grisham said. “I’m very pleased that they’re there.”
Biologists say they will continue to monitor the area.