Wolf sighting in downtown Fairbanks generates excitement

Published: Feb. 22, 2023 at 3:30 PM AKST
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - Apparently, a lone wolf that took a wrong turn and ended up in downtown Fairbanks is getting a lot of attention.

The lone wolf was spotted off Illinois Street and the Phillips Field Road area late Saturday and early Monday morning around 2:20 a.m., according to Matt Martinez.

Martinez posted a video to social media that has generated excitement and made the wolf somewhat of a celebrity.

Tim Hollis, Fairbanks Area Biologist with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADFG) said wolf sightings in urban areas are somewhat rare, but packs have been spotted on the outskirts of Fairbanks near Chena Hot Springs Road, Gold Stream Valley, and the Steese and Elliott Highways.

Hollis said he was notified by several Fairbanks residents and has watched several videos.

Currently, the ADFG said they are aware of the wolf and have been monitoring its whereabouts. Hollis suspects the wolf may have veered off the Chena River and made its way into town. He also noted that this time of year is breeding season, and the wolf may be looking for a mate.

It is also not uncommon for young wolves to wander away from a pack, especially during the breeding season.

Although there hasn’t been any reports of damage or disturbance from the solo traveler, Hollis reminds the public to take caution when encountering a wild animal. It is also advised to keep an eye on your pets.