TOWN OF HANSEN (WAOW) — USDA Wildlife Services officials responded to a Wood County residence Monday, where a family dog was killed by a wolf, according to the organization.
Officials tell News 9 that they are unsure if more than one wolf attacked and killed the 65-pound mixed breed dog, but did advise owners to take added care in protecting their pets from potential wolf attacks.
Recommendations include avoiding outside bathroom breaks for your dog after dark,and using bright lights and making noise if you have to take your dog out when it is dark. Officials add to ensure your dog is trained to avoid chasing or approaching wild animals, and is able to return on command.
Other recommendations include:
- Do not leave pets outside overnight unless they have a sturdy kennel.
- Avoid feeding deer near your home.
- Don’t leave cat or dogs food outside at night.
- Don’t deposit table scraps or animal products near home sites.
- Keep pets on a leash or in visual/ auditory range on walks and vocalize regularly including use of whistles.
- Don’t allow dogs to roam at large.
- Avoid releasing dogs outside for bathroom breaks after dark except in areas with good lighting or that are fenced
This marks the second Wood County wolf attack confirmed by the USDA in the past week. 13 sheep were killed by wolves on July 8.