A lone wolf that lived on a tiny island near Victoria was shot and killed by a hunter earlier this week. The B.C. Conservation Officer Service issued the following statement:
“The Discovery Island wolf, that was relocated from James Bay earlier this year has been shot and killed by a hunter, the conservation officer service can confirm. We understand many British Columbians and people around the world shared care and concern for the well-being of this wolf and this update will affect many people.”
Takaya was killed on Tuesay near Shawnigan Lake near where he had been released in late January.
“Conservation Officers released the wolf in rugged and remote wilderness outside of Port Renfrew, on the west side of Vancouver Island. This isolated coastal habitat similar to Discovery Island was carefully chosen to give the wolf the best chance possible. This decision was made in consultation with biologists from the Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development (FLNRORD), as well as the Provincial Wildlife Veterinarian.”
“The wolf was not taken back to Discovery Island as it left for a reason – it may have been looking for food or resources. For the safety of the public and the animal, the wolf was relocated out of the urban environment in Victoria. The provincial hunting regulations are administered by FLNRORD.”
In a report from CBC.CaNews, Cheryl Alexander, a documentarian who has followed Takaya’s life for the last seven years, was devastated. She had been informed on Wednesday, from a friend who had connections to the hunter and later confirmed the death of Takaya after finding the wolf’s yellow ear-tag.
In 2012, Takaya was trapped in rural Victoria in a backyard after he swam to shore from Discovery Island where he had been alone all that time. Conservationists believed he had been looking for food. He was then moved to another coastal area to give him “the best possible chance” of survival.
And so we have another hunter killing for fun, and in B.C. it’s legal.
The wolf’s legacy will be remembered for years to come. Thousands of emails have flooded in from people around the world.
The B.C. Conservation Officer Service is conducting an investigation.
Rest in peace Takaya.
(Photo screenshot via Instagram by Cheryl Alexander