Beware the big bad black wolf

These people didn’t notice that they weren’t alone until they looked at the photo on their computer.

The photo was taken in Campbell River, British Columbia.

The people in this photograph were hiking in Seal Bay Park. At the end of their walk, they found some butter mushrooms on a mossy log, and were inspecting them. One of them decided to take a photograph, but not being terribly good at photography, the photo was taken off center.

When they returned home and downloaded the pictures off of the camera they got quite a surprise – a large animal that appears to be a wolf heading straight towards them.

They theorize that the flash from the camera scared it off, although I don’t know if it would be a danger or not. Certainly, it’s not the kind of animal you would normally want to be too close to!

EDIT: If you think this photo is fake, check out the full sized version.

EDIT 2: Here’s the story behind the photo as told by the woman in the foreground whose back is to the camera:

This wolf picture incident has just been crazy! It’s spreading around like wildfire! For sure you can use the pic if you’d like. The story behind it is pretty ridiculous. I was visiting my brother, niece and my niece’s mother with my mom in Courtenay, BC. Me, my mom, XXXX and XXXX went for a hike at Seal Bay Park. This picture was taken at the end of the walk…me, XXXX and XXXX were inspecting some really cool butter mushrooms on a mossy log. My mom decided to take a picture, but she’s not very good at it, so it came out totally off center (imagine if she was actually good at taking pictures- we never would have even seen it!!!). We didn’t notice anything at the time, and the “wolf” wasn’t even noticed until after getting home, and my mom had put the pictures on the computer. She didn’t even notice at first, but my other brother was like “what the hell is that??!!”. So, yeah. I don’t even know if it is a wolf, but there were no dogs or anything! around. It’s just a pretty creepy picture- that’s all I know! And it was actually my mom who took the picture (I’m in it- in the gray jacket), so credit for the photo isn’t necessary. Well, that’s my story!

66 Responses to “Beware the big bad black wolf”
  1. katy:

    thats bullshit if you think this pic is shop bcuz i’ve had a encounter with this same type of dog except its eyes were BRIGHT red there were 2 of them and we were running for a our fucking lives the wierd thing was that they wouldnt come out past the tree line im not sure if the picture is real but like ive said ive had an encounter but the damn things was chasing us if the picture is real why didnt the person taking the pic notice the dog

  2. katy:

    to take a second look it looks like a dog running from the family and and a wolf head photo shopped on its back lol and i lived in florida at the time and any type of wild dog is not regioned there the dog i seen didnt look like a wolve it looked more like a black german shepard but with bright ass red eyes its wierd how so many people has an encounter with this type of dog but its like once you have seen somthing out of the ordinary ppl always seem to think you lying or just crazy

  3. omg.. good work, bro

  4. Raymond:


    Une photo intéressante qu’il serait nécessaire de retoucher pour fait apparaître plus distinctement le loup noir. Pour ce qui est de la qualité de la photo, du centrage, ce décentré de l’animal nous le fait apparaître plus tard. En premier, nous voyons les personnes et ensuite les yeux du loup… seulement après que nos yeux s’habituent il est possible de discerner la silhouette de celui – ci !!!

    Merci pour la photo

    Best regards

    Raymond from Switzerland

  5. Anonymous:

    aaaaaaw the wolfy is so cute!

  6. Alex:


    The ”wolf” is running the other way
    Jst save the picture then open it on whatever programme and zoom in on it.

    So fake.

  7. angelo:

    I have zoomed in with different programs and stripped this photo and i cant see how this is photoshoped. The photo catches him with his right front leg in the air but if you zoom enough and sharpen the other leg is down and the back and they r not going in the other direction. My opinion the animal looks like hes stopping and his legs r ready to turn but opinions are like assholes everybody has plus everyone on the net anymore are experts at photoshop or knowing if something is fake or not. One last thing if it is shopped whoever did it is a fucking pro cause its perfectly blended into the trail and looks like it belongs there, its so good you cant argue that the women r fake.

  8. Libby:

    I found this interesting,even if it is fake or not. I stumbled on this page while looking for information on black wolves in BC. I downloaded and have on my desktop a pic that is of a very black wolf peering out from the underbrush smack into the camera. the photo was no doubt taken with a long range lens, but I found it so interesting and almost hypnotic. Is there some kind of verbal war about where the black wolves are? I can’t remember where I downloaded the pic but it is only used for personal use. It is sort of a rememberance of my trip to BC. Most of the sites suggest that the black wolf is a mutation of cross-bred with a stray black dog. That seem like a very possible suggestion. After all where did the dogs come from. We in the US shot and killed all our wolves but they are coming back thanks to Canada. Thank you black wolves, grey wolves and even tannish wolves,They are mating well and culling out our over abundance of deer and elk in yellowstone and othear natural area like nature means to do.

  9. Zohanna:

    This iz amazing! I would be so scared and excited to find out i wuz that close to a wolf!

  10. Roger:

    I think this is clearly faked. All I did in this image was put a black circle over the “head”. Without that, it’s clearly a dog headed in the other direction.


  11. bobbi ruh horn:

    amazing ,beautiful.i believe you were close to his .or her den.it didn’t look happy,but i own a full blooded black british columbian wolf myself.he is a joy tp be around,but we had bougt him from a place were they sell wolves,an no i dont think this picture is fake…..i love my wolf……

  12. Arianna:

    today is Friday and I seen a red eyed wolf. I am 9 years old.

  13. Forensic Examiner:

    I completely broke this picture down…there in fact WAS a flash from the camera. look at the woman with her back turned, you’ll notice between her body, and her left arm, she’s holding something…and on that particular object, you can CLEARLY see the result of the flash. and as for the date stamp being so large, that is a common trait of an in-expensive Kodak camera, by that, i mean it has a price range of $100-$200. and the camera that shot this picture, from what i can tell is a 10mp. as for the wolf, there has NOT been anything added to that area. the animal IS in the original shot, however, the shape of the animals legs, and body, would indicate it is in a dead run. so, in my EXPERT opinion, the individuals in the picture either, 1. knew the animal was there, or, 2. are completely deaf. so to sum it up….if i had to testify in a court of law, i would testify that the photo has NOT been altered in any way. my guess is…it is a wolf hybrid, possibly even a family pet, and judging by the lack of reaction of the individuals in the pic, and even the person taking it, they knew the animal was approaching.

  14. Ginger:

    you can tell its a fake-o wolves don’t walk like that

  15. Nicholas:


  16. Lundy:

    This photo looks pretty real to me…though it seems fake at the same time since there is no reflection off ANYTHING from the flash. I’m 4teen and my photography is better, no offense. It looks as if it were taken with simply no flash at all. Also the wolf eyes are too bright and too solid of a yellow to be real eye reflection, it would have to have some depth to it. Someone said that there is no shadow under the wolf but there wouldn’t be considering the low light of the photo. To me though the “wolf” looks like a starved bear or something but the length of the legs makes it more wolf-like then bear-like. But the hunch on the back shows another bear-like resemblence and if it were a wolf and had the hunch then the head would have to have been closer to the ground so I’m not sure if its wolf or bear. Also it makes me think this is fake because the date numbers are just a wee bit too big. Other then that the picture is pretty real to me.