In Banff, British Columbia, it seems a “massive” gray wolf got hungry – hungry enough to try to run down a man on a motorcycle. Excerpt:
Last Saturday, Banff mechanic Tim Bartlett was christening a new motorcycle through the Rocky Mountains when he had a rare wildlife encounter that was equal parts terrifying and enchanting. On a stretch of British Columbia’s Highway 93, a massive grey wolf emerged from the trees, lunged at his speeding ride and chased after him at full speed as he pulled away.
The story would have become little more than another legend clanging around the roadhouses of Western Canada if Mr. Bartlett had not whipped a camera out of his top pocket to record the event for posterity; capturing a series of rare snapshots that have since been beamed around the world. The Post’s Tristin Hopper reached him by phone on Friday morning.
Anyone who has ever seen a farm dog chase a car would wonder if this wolf really had predatory intent or if it was just following the same “chase it” instinct that all canines have. But wolves aren’t generally known for chasing cars, in fact North American wolves generally go out of their way to avoid humans and their constructs.
Amazing that Mr. Barlett had the presence of mind to snap some photos, or else he would have had a hard time convincing anyone of the veracity of his story; still (see the photos at the link above) the photographic evidence is sure as hell convincing.
All in all I’m a little envious. I’ve heard wolves in the wild but never have seen one – yet. They’re magnificent animals. While they are almost genetically identical to domestic dogs (your household mutt is now known to have descended from an Eurasian wolf) they remain more adaptable, tougher and more intelligent than most domestic dogs. They also lack the unique understanding of humans and human behavior that their domestic cousins seem to have evolved, which isn’t surprising.
Maybe a trip to Banff is in order.