Park City police log report of wolves, but animals found to be coyotes

It is rare for local law enforcement to be told of a wolf sighting

The Park City Police Department on Monday received a report of the possibility of a sighting of wolves in Solamere before it was determined the animals were coyotes.

The agency received the report at 8:11 a.m. from someone on Oak Wood Drive, a small street toward the eastern edge of the neighborhood. The police were told there were three wolves feeding on a deer carcass approximately 300 feet from the caller’s house and 150 feet from a trail.

The Police Department responded to the scene and an officer observed one coyote upon arrival. The animal at the time was approximately 450 feet off Oak Wood Drive.

Reports of animals initially believed to be wolves are rare in Park City. The cases involving early reports of a wolf sometimes involve coyotes or dogs like huskies. One such case was reported in early 2020 in the area of Richardson Flat and involved a coyote rather than a wolf.

The state Division of Wildlife Resources said on Tuesday it has “not been able to confirm any wolf sightings or reports in the Park City area as being legitimate.” The division also said “there are currently not any confirmed breeding pairs of wolves in Utah.”

The Police Department, meanwhile, responded to a series of other recent cases involving wildlife. Some of the reports included:

• on Tuesday, Sept. 5 at 8:05 a.m., a cow moose and a calf were reported to be agitated on Holiday Ranch Loop Road. The two animals were “reunited,” the police said.

• on Monday, Sept. 4, there was a moose or several of the animals reported to be “hanging out” in a backyard on Comstock Drive.

• on Sunday, Sept. 3 at 8:48 p.m., a driver hit a deer in the area of the intersection of Marsac Avenue and Hillside Avenue.

• on Wednesday, Aug. 30 at 4:41 p.m., two raccoons reportedly fell into Poison Creek in the area of Swede Alley. The animals “were stuck under a grate,” the police were told. The Park City Fire District “assisted by digging a hole where the (raccoons) could get out,” according to public police logs.

• on Tuesday, Aug. 29 at 7:22 p.m., a moose, described as “very large,” was seen along Park Avenue. The animal was “very aggressive,” the police were told, and state wildlife officers were to be informed of the moose.

• on Aug. 29 at 6:52 p.m., an unspecified “moose problem” was reported on Norfolk Avenue. Public police logs did not provide details.

• on Aug. 29 at 1:19 p.m., a moose was reported to be “wandering around” a construction site on Lowell Avenue.

The Police Department regularly receives reports of wildlife sightings, including moose, elk and deer. The reports occur throughout Park City, including along the entryways and in neighborhoods. Officers who respond to wildlife sightings typically attempt to ensure the animals are not a threat to pedestrians or drivers.


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