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Wild wolf chases motorcyclist

The wild animal came within one metre of the man's vehicle, before venturing back into the forest.
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Michael Hiscock, June 17, 2013 11:59:08 PM

You’ll want to be at the head of this pack.

An Alberta man came within metres of being caught by a wild wolf on Highway 93. Tim Bartlett was testing out his new motorcycle in Kootenay National Park last week when the animal sprung over a concrete barrier and into his lane. It was such a surprise, that Bartlett almost hit the furry beast at first, but was able to swerve out of the way just in time.

The chase was on

The animal kept up with him for about a kilometre, occasionally gaining ground and getting as close as one metre away from the vehicle. But instead of panicking, Bartlett whipped out his camera and started snapping some photos. The wolf eventually got tired and returned to the forest.

But even though this scenario ended safely, Parks Canada officials are concerned.

‘It’s likely that this animal is habituated, so what that means is this animal has lost some of its natural fear of humans… so it’s definitely cause for concern for us,’ Michelle Macullo told the CBC.

The organization says people feeding the animals are to blame, and they actually issued an alert last year after a photo emerged of a wolf with a rice cake.

But whatever they’re feeding them now, it sure is making them fast.

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