—-A CALL TO ACTION—
We are absolutely devastated to share the news that the local wolf known as Takaya, who inhabited the Discovery and Songhees Islands just off Victoria before being captured in downtown James Bay and then relocated at the end of January, has been killed by a hunter.
For the past eight years, every time we passed the group of islands that lie just 3 km southeast of Victoria, we would hopefully scan the shoreline for a glimpse of our favourite coastal wolf. For some of us, he was our “white whale” — that bucket list sighting we never managed to catch. Others on our team managed to spot him on many occasions, and we share their photographs of Takaya with you here.
During this time when we are feeling such sorrow over this seemingly senseless death, we encourage you to learn more about the issue of wolf conservation in BC and what you can do to help. We would rather not go into the details about how easy (and affordable) it is to acquire a hunting license both for BC residents and non-residents alike, or the fact that any licensed hunter can take 3 wolves per season on Vancouver Island using a shotgun, rifle, or crossbow from Sept 10–March 31 and April 1–June 15, or the fact that this well-known wolf had a very obvious bright yellow ear tag. We also won’t go into detail about BC’s wolf culls, against which the BC SPCA has taken a stand (you can read more about this in the links below).
Instead, we will leave you with a few organizations that are working hard to change BC’s relationship with wolves. We hope you will help us in supporting these campaigns. Since so many of us are at home in self-isolation, why not use this time to our advantage to learn a bit more about the issues and take a few moments to write to our MLAs and tell them why supporting BC wildlife is important to you.
Organizations helping BC wolves:
It is our sincere hope that we can use our anger and frustration over Takaya’s senseless death to mobilize people to action and effect change in current regulations so that one day, wolves and other animals will be better protected in our province.