Yesterday at Alpine Action we were jumping for joy! In the early hours of the morning our Resort Manager Tom and Chalets Manager Eloise spotted a wild Wolf on the road between La Tania and Meribel Village.
Driving along the back road at 6:25am to collect our departing guests luggage in La Tania. They had just passed Le Plantin (a small housing area along the mountain road) shortly after they saw what was thought to be a Fox scurry across the road so slowed down to let it go.
Eloise said: “I was thinking, that’s a big Fox, O wait is it someone’s Mountain Dog, OMG OMG that is not a domestic Dog, that’s a Wolf”.
Tom said: “I wondered why Eloise has slowed down and come to a stop, I thought a Deer was in the road but then this Wolf trotted around the side of the car”.
It trotted across the road in front of the car then went around the side enabling Tom to see it in plain sight from the vehicle behind. It was a similar size to a large Dog such as a German Shepard with a brown and grey mongrel type fur. It had a bushy tail, white fur under it’s chin, scruffy looking and skinny. After the Wolf had been startled by the vehicle headlights, it made it’s way down the bank and through the woods towards Villarnard.
Eloise said: “I am so gutted I didn’t get a picture it just all happened so fast and I was driving, I honestly thought the Wolf stories were a myth I cannot believe I’ve seen a wild one”.
Our Operations Manager Ben has been fascinated by Wolves since they were introduced to the Valley 10 years ago. They were first released in Italy but have slowly made there way across the alps. Ben has often told our team about the Wolves and potential sightings and animal remains found in the Valley. Farmers have found livestock to be killed and this Fox carcass was found by Ben before the start of the Winter season:
What is so great about this spotting is that we have been lucky enough to see a beautiful animal in their natural habitat. Almost all woodland creatures are scared of humans and it is rare to spot them during the busy Winter Season.
We couldn’t wait to tell everyone about our sighting. The Alpine Action mascot #AlbertAction loves nothing more than touring the 3 Valleys with his friends. We think it would be great if you took him on a woodland adventure to meet some fellow mountain animals.
If you are interested by our woodland creatures living in the 3 Valleys why not take #AlbertAction on a mountain adventure through the “Moon Wild”.
Located in the Meribel Altiport, see how many animals you can discover and learn both the French and English names – who knows you might see a real one!
Access the Moon wild area via the Altiport chairlift or Saulire Epxress 1 gondola.