Posted Jun 18th 2013 3:00PM
Motorcyclists often encounter wildlife whilst out enjoying the twisty mountain passes in Western Canada. On June 9th, Tim Bartlett was out christening his new to him motorcycle, riding east from Radium Hot Springs on Highway 93 through the Kootenay National Park in British Columbia when he encountered a seemingly-fearless wolf running parallel to the highway. The wolf chased him for roughly one kilometre. Luckily, Tim had the peace of mind to avoid any collisions with the wolf and captured some snapshots of this giant wolf chasing after him.
Normally, a wolf such as this would shy away from any sort of human contact but this is the second sighting of what seems to be the same wolf. Shawn Bond was with friends on May 15, driving east on the same highway, when they spotted the same canine. "We happened to notice a wolf, we originally thought it was a dog, running parallel to the highway," he said. "[He was] just kind of loping along, minding his own business."
Officials in the Park issued an alert when pictures of a wolf being fed rice cakes by tourists surfaced last year. Feeding local wildlife is never encouraged and this sort of behaviour could be a large contributing factor as to why this giant wolf shows no fear of human contact.
Check out some video of the wolf below that Shawn Bond captured last month and these photos that Tim Bartlett snapped while riding.