In a rare incident in the area, wolves took a dog from his family near a beach in Metlakatla

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An undated photo of a wolf from the Alexander Archipelago in Southeast Alaska. (Photo courtesy of Robin Silver/Center for Biological Diversity)

Metlakatla authorities are warning residents to beware of wolves on the island. This is after the Indian community of Metlakatla announced that a pack approached a dog near a beach over the weekend.

A public notice published on Monday indicates that a package took owner’s pet. Mayor Albert Smith said the dog was found dead on Monday.

He says he doesn’t remember any other incident like this that happened in recent years.

We’ve always had wolves on the island,” Smith said. “For them to get closer to what we call a peninsula is the most concerning part.”

The notice specifically mentioned the Moss Point and Point Davison areas.

The pack that was there was estimated to be maybe three or four,” Smith said of the wolves.

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game says healthy wolves don’t usually attack people. But, when they do, the best advice in the department is to hold your ground, throw things at the wolf, and act aggressively.

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