A wolf had to be hazed out of a camp area in Banff National Park after it got into human garbage early Thursday morning (July 20). Staff at the Johnston Canyon campground observed the grey-coloured wolf going from campsite to campsite after midnight, sniffing fire pits and tents, before retreating into the forest after wildlife staff shot it with several stinging impact chalk balls. Park officials say the wolf was attracted into the site by camp occupants who left out a bag of garbage. Steve Michel, human-wildlife conflict specialist for Banff National Park, said the incident indicates that the wolf is food conditioned to some degree. “The last couple days, it has been exhibiting problematic behaviour,” said Michel. He said being food conditioned is a “bad sign” and does not bode well for the wolf’s long-term survival. “Unfortunately, before (Parks officials) got it out of there, it located the garbage,” said Michel. “It doesn’t look like it obtained any food, certainly a lot of smelly garbage associated with food is an attractant for the animal.” Enforcement officials are investigating the incident and there is an “anticipated charge” for the campsite’s occupants, wrote Christina Tricomi, a spokesperson for Banff National Park. There currently is no closure at the campsite as a result of the wolf. “We really want to stress we’re continuing to ask our visitors to support us in helping us to keep our wildlife wild,” said Michel. “All these animals have the potential to gain access to human garbage and food. All takes is one person to ignore that.” The wolf is a member of the Bow Valley wolf pack and is one of the four “adult” wolves – the alpha male and three yearlings. It is the only one of the four that hasn’t been fitted with a radio-collar. “We were actively trying to catch both the grey coloured wolves in June,” said Michel. “We were only successful in getting one of them…if the opportunity arose where we could get a radio collar on it, we would.” The grey wolf was observed in the Tunnel Mountain camp area Tuesday morning (July 19) before headed to Johnston Canyon later that day. It was most recently spotted in the Lake Louise area on Wednesday (July 20). The Bow Valley wolf pack has had a devastating year. In early June, the alpha female was killed by conservation officers after she became food conditioned. She acted boldly and would approach humans. The behaviour was a concern for public safety and for the yearling wolves observing her behvaiour and ultimately the decision was made to shot and kill her. Later that month, a young-of-the-year male pup was struck and killed by a train near Hillsdale Meadows, followed by the death of three more pups on the train tracks in early July.