Around 60 cats missing: trap set for alleged culprit

Two wolverines were spotted chasing a cat about one week before a trap was set by conservation officers to catch the animals.

I saw a Siamese cat shoot out in front of the road like it had been shot out of a gun, and the wolverine was right behind it.”

Kevin Barry of Coastal Taxi remembered driving by the Alcan apartment buildings on Haisla Boulevard last week around midnight when he saw it happen. Another wolverine quickly followed suit, he said, but he thinks the cat managed to escape up a fence as by the time he turned his car around, the two animals were pacing before a fence.

I’ve worked in the bush my whole life and I’ve only ever seen one wolverine. I’ve seen three in the last 24 hours,” he said, noting he saw a third larger one between two bridges on his way to the Methanex dock.

Conservation officer Gareth Scrivner said it’s rare to see one wolverine in a lifetime. But Barry’s sightings are not the only rarity in Kitimat this summer.

As of last Monday, about 60 cats were reported missing to animal shelter manager Maryann Baumbach, who has been taking reports of missing cats since May after one wolverine was spotted eating a cat in the back yard of a home on Whittlesey St.

It’s getting to the proportion where this is totally stupid,” said mayor Joanne Monaghan.

And although Scrivener said only two cats in Kitimat are confirmed dead due to a wolverine, he said pat of that confirmation process means examining the body.

As it stands, there is no proof the other missing cats were consumed by wolverines, he said.

But Sheila Eynon doesn’t need bodies to suspect wolverines as the culprits.

One of her family cats is missing.

“We’ve never seen anything like this around here before,” she said.

She is afraid that the wolverines will not distinguish cats from small children.

And she said that before last Friday, her concerns went unheard by conservation officers.

But according to Scrivner, capturing the animal has not been a high priority to conservation officers until now because the animals do not pose a threat to humans.

Scrivner said that wolverines have always lived around this area, and there have never been reports of the animal attacking humans.

Never the less, he said that with numerous sightings over a longer time span, the wolverines have become enough of a nuisance to be dealt with.

Scrivner visited Kitimat last Friday and set a trap for the animal.

He said conservation officers are interested in reports of animal sightings from eye witnesses, however, not of missing cats.

He asked witnesses to call 877-952-7277.

Just Posted

Outside the Kitimat RCMP police station, Diversity Morgan’s family and Kitimat RCMP come together for a pride flag-raising ceremony. (Jacob Lubberts photo)
Kitimat RCMP host pride flag ceremony in memory of Diversity Morgan

“We’re gathered here in solidarity for anyone who’s ever experienced prejudice or discrimination”

(Haisla First Nation logo)
Haisla Nation host walk for strength and series of virtual sessions for Indigenous History Month

The purpose of the walk is to bring Haisla Nation members together and show their collective support

The District of Kitimat will be awarding business owners with a store front up to $5,000 to cover up to 50 per cent of exterior renovations. (Norhtern Development logo)
The District of Kitimat is awarding $5,000 to storefront owners for exterior renovations

The district has set aside $20,000 this year and non-profits are also eligible

Ron getting loose and sipping a glass of the family’s favourite greek amber spirit, Metaxa. (Photo supplied)
In Our Valley: Ron Lechner

Retired part-time singer and Rio Tinto lifer: Ron Lechner

Map of the road work that will be completed this summer. The streets highlighted in red are what the district planned on completing before additional funding, and the streets highlighted in orange is the road works that will be done with the additional funding. (District of Kitimat photo)
$1.1 million allocated for road work this year in Kitimat

Kitimat council has added $470,000 for more work by deferring four other projects.

Marco Mendicino, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship during a press conference in Ottawa on Thursday, May 13, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Canada to welcome 45,000 refugees this year, says immigration minister

Canada plans to increase persons admitted from 23,500 to 45,000 and expedite permanent residency applications

Emily Steele holds up a collage of her son, 16-year-old Elijah-Iain Beauregard who was stabbed and killed in June 2019, outside of Kelowna Law Courts on June 18. (Aaron Hemens/Capital News)
Kelowna woman who fatally stabbed teen facing up to 1.5 years of jail time

Her jail sentence would be followed by an additional one to 1.5 years of supervision

Cpl. Scott MacLeod and Police Service Dog Jago. Jago was killed in the line of duty on Thursday, June 17. (RCMP)
Abbotsford police, RCMP grieve 4-year-old service dog killed in line of duty

Jago killed by armed suspect during ‘high-risk’ incident in Alberta

The George Road wildfire near Lytton, B.C., has grown to 250 hectares. (BC Wildfire Service)
B.C. drone sighting halts helicopters fighting 250 hectares of wildfire

‘If a drone collides with firefighting aircraft the consequences could be deadly,’ says BC Wildfire Service

A dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine is pictured at a vaccination site in Vancouver Thursday, March 11, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
NACI advice to mix vaccines gets varied reaction from AstraZeneca double-dosers

NACI recommends an mRNA vaccine for all Canadians receiving a second dose of a COVID-19 vaccine

A aerial view shows the debris going into Quesnel Lake caused by a tailings pond breach near the town of Likely, B.C., Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Updated tailings code after Mount Polley an improvement: B.C. mines auditor

British Columbia’s chief auditor of mines has found changes to the province’s requirements for tailings storage facilities

A North Vancouver man was arrested Friday and three police officers were injured after a 10-person broke out at English Bay on June 19, 2021. (Youtube/Screen grab)
Man arrested, 3 police injured during 10-person brawl at Vancouver beach

The arrest was captured on video by bystanders, many of whom heckled the officers as they struggled with the handcuffed man

Patrick O’Brien, a 75-year-old fisherman, went missing near Port Angeles Thursday evening. (Courtesy of U.S. Coast Guard)
Search for lost fisherman near Victoria suspended, U.S. Coast Guard says

The 75-year-old man was reported missing Thursday evening

Most Read