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Tofino dog owners warned after wolf attack

After a wolf attack Saturday morning, Tofino dog owners are asked to keep their pooches on a leash and not let them loose (Courtesy: facebook.com/WildSafeBCPacificRim)

If you encounter a wolf, make yourself big and shout. Never play dead

A dog in Tofino was killed in a suspected wolf attack Saturday

TOFINO (NEWS 1130) –┬áThe district of Tofino is warning dog owners to keep their pets leashed around the region’s beach and indoors at night.

It follows a suspected wolf attack that killed a dog on Chesterman Beach early Saturday. WildSafe BC Pacific Rim says wolf attacks on dogs are fairly common, though humans are typically left alone.

In a Facebook post for the wildlife service, the┬áTofino’s mayor, Josie Osborne, says for people not let their dogs loose and that signs will be posted to alert people of possible wolf presence in the surf town.

“These measures also reduce the risk of conflict with wolves that we share this landscape with,” Osborne writes. “They are most often out of sight yet still present.”

In the event of a wolf encounter, the service says people should make themselves as large as possible, throw rocks and shout, and never play dead.

with files from The Canadian Press