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Local resident escapes wolf or large coyote while hiking

'Terrifying' wolf encounter

A local resident is warning hikers and dog owners of an aggressive wolf or large coyote on the Black Mountain trail after an encounter she describes as the most terrifying thing that's ever happened to her. 

Kyla Nelson was walking her two dogs on the trail on Monday afternoon, heading towards the viewpoint at about 4:45 p.m. when she saw the wolf from a distance and heard it howl.

Initially thinking the animal was a coyote, which is not an uncommon sighting in the area, Nelson kept walking. 

"Then I turned around and the wolf was running full speed towards me... my first thought was, 'holy ****, I'm going to die,' and then, 'my dogs are going to die.'

"I was just walking away slowly, I threw my big water bottle at it, I threw my shoes at it and it was just charging at me, stalking me and showing me its teeth. I screamed someone help me, go away, F off, no - pretty much anything."

Both of her dogs were leashed and barking at the wolf, says Nelson.

After twenty minutes of trying to get the canine to back down, she decided to call 911 for assistance.

"The police officer on the phone talked me through it. I don’t think I even heard anything she said, but just having that second voice made me feel like if I die, they’ll know I’m dead up here.

"She kept asking me where I am, but I kept blacking in and out. She asked what I could see, and I just, I can't see anything. I don’t know where I am, I can’t look around, I’m looking at the wolf."

The 911 operator stayed on the phone with her for another twenty minutes while Nelson continued to walk backwards, throwing objects at the animal and trying to convince it to leave.

"At one point I almost let my dogs go, because it’s me or the dogs - like we’re dead. Then I started crying because my dogs are my everything.

"I keep thinking I had escaped it. I’d run, then I’d turn around and it would be coming at me from a different angle ... there were finally rocks that weren’t just pebbles and I whipped those at it, then I got to the gate and just ran. I literally felt like a superhero. I don’t think I’ve ever run that fast in my life."

Eventually she came across another local resident out on his run, who helped her until police officers and paramedics arrived. 

Once realizing she was finally safe, Nelson had a full panic attack and recalls vomiting and wailing as emergency services assisted her.

Conservation officers have been notified of the incident.



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