In recent years, there have been a number of reports of wolves in New Brunswick.
But just how likely is it that these sightings are accurate?
Let’s take a look at the evidence and see if we can get to the bottom of this.
The Case for Wolves in New Brunswick
In 2018, there were numerous reported sightings of wolves in the province.
A group of hikers near Grand Falls (one of the best waterfalls in New Brunswick), for example, spotted what they believed to be a pack of four wolves.
There have also been multiple reports from residents and hunters who have heard wolf howls late at night or seen wolf tracks near their homes.
The Rise of Coywolves
However, not all experts believe that these sightings are actually wolves.
Some believe they could be coywolves—a hybrid species created when coyotes mate with gray wolves or eastern wolves—which have become increasingly common in some parts of Canada over the last few decades.
Coyotes are smaller than gray wolves and their pelts can sometimes appear similar to those of gray wolves, making them difficult to distinguish without further examination.
New Brunswick Wolf Conservation Efforts
Until recently, it was believed that there were no native populations of gray wolves left in New Brunswick.
However, some conservationists now believe that there may still be small populations living in pockets around the province.
If this is true, then it is possible that some reported “wolf” sightings could actually be native wolves that have managed to elude detection until now.
So Are There Wolves in New Brunswick?
Whether or not there are actual gray wolves roaming the woods of New Brunswick is still up for debate.
What we do know is that if they exist, they need to be protected from poaching and habitat loss.
One day we can confirm their presence and conserve this unique species for generations to come.
For now, all we can do is keep an eye out and hope that one day soon we will have definitive proof that there are indeed still wild wolves living in our beautiful province!