DOUGLAS, Alaska — An Alaska man says his dog came nose-to-nose with a wolf while they were walking at a Douglas park.
The incident happened last Saturday while Peter Fellman and his wife, Jane Pierson, were walking their two dogs in Savikko Park, also referred to as Sandy Beach. Neither Fellman, his wife nor their dogs were harmed in the encounter, the Juneau Empire reported .
Fellman said his dog Bingo’s benign nature allowed the group to remain unharmed.
The couple was on their way to a dinner at a friend’s house when they decided to stop by Sandy Beach to get their dogs some quick exercise.
Pierson saw the wolf first. Bingo sniffed at what looked like a “big, black dog,” Fellman said.
“My wife hollered our dog’s name, and about the time I turned around and looked, my wife said, ‘That looks like a wolf!'” Fellman said. “So I ran to the car, I turned and looked and I went, ‘Holy (expletive)! That looks like a wolf!'”
Fellman said it was a “very calm” encounter. He said the wolf wasn’t skittish or fearful.
It seems as though there are more wolf encounters recently in the Juneau urban area than usual, Alaska Department of Fish and Game biologist Stephanie Sell said.
It was at least the third wolf encounter dog walkers have had on local Alaska trails this year.
Information from: Juneau (Alaska) Empire, http://www.juneauempire.com