The OPP is investigating an alleged wolf attack in the Red Lake area, and a woman is currently recovering from her injuries. The incident took place in Cochenour.

Police say that on February 7, at 7 p.m., the Red Lake OPP received a report of an animal attack from staff at the Red Lake Margaret – Cochenour Memorial Hospital in Red Lake. A 38-year-old female attended the hospital with wounds to her legs, indicating that she had been attacked by a “large, black, dog-like animal.”

The woman had stepped in between the animal to protect her dog, which she was walking in the area of Edward Avenue, and the animal allegedly bit the woman multiple times. The victim managed to kick the animal until it ran back into the bush. Police attended the scene, but were unable to locate the animal, or confirm if it was a wolf or a large black dog.

“Public safety is paramount for us. We don’t want to see citizens put themselves in danger,” said Sergeant and Community Safety and Media Relations Coordinator for the North West Region of the OPP, Mike Golding.

“If you have the opportunity to call the police, please call us. Don’t put yourself in that spot. If you are attacked, do what you can to defend yourself. Think ahead, plan ahead, and maybe avoid walking pets in certain areas.”

Golding added that the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry have had reports of a possible wolf sighting between Balmertown and Red Lake over the last two weeks. The reports describe a dark wolf with an injured front paw, however, officials don’t believe that this is the same animal involved in the incident.

The Municipality of Red Lake, the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry, By-Law officials and police are all working together to determine the best course of action, and the investigation is continuing.

“Whenever a community has a problem, we put together a situational table to bring all of the involved parties together to look for a proactive solution to help prevent this from happening again. What can we all do together to resolve this community issue.”

The OPP remind the public to be alert at all times when walking your pets. If you ever feel threatened by a wild or domestic animal, you are asked to contact the OPP immediately.

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