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Lone Wolf Appears Content to Stay on Discovery Island

posted Nov 21, 2016, 12:02 PM by chloe owens

8/23/16, by Amy Smart, Times Colonist

Lone wolf appears content to stay on Discovery Island

The howl of a lone wolf on Discovery Island can still be heard almost nightly, four years after it swam there for what conservation officers thought would be a temporary stay…”It’s probably trying to call other wolves,…They’re social animals – that’s why we always assumed it wouldn’t stay there”…Discovery Island Marine Provincial Park was temporarily closed after the discovery. Traps were set by B.C. Parks, but removed in favour of a public-education strategy in February 2013. There have been no incidents of concern since then, and the wolf keeps its distance from members of the public…The wolf is believed to be male and its age is unknown.  It eats seals, seal pups and possible geese, small birds and rodents.  Pets are not permitted on the island and campers are required to keep food in food caches, to avoid attracting the wolf…Parts o Discovery Island and Chatham Island belong to the Songhees First Nation. Songhees band council passed a motion in 2013 saying the wolf should be left alone.