Wolf thought to have left island and returned

The wolf has been lurking on the islands since May when it was first reported by campers on Discovery Island.

A wolf haunting Discovery Island likely made a quick swim and returned this month.

“The last sighting we had was Aug. 16 on Trial Island,” said provincial conservation officer Peter Pauwels.

There are reports from Aug. 18 of a wolf howling on Chatham Island, suggesting the wolf made the return swim.

The wolf has been lurking on the islands since May when it was first reported by campers on Discovery Island.

“We haven’t had any other sightings,” Pauwels said. “We don’t think it’s still on Trial Island.”

Though other Gulf Islands are occasional destinations for lone wolves, being adjacent to natural wolf habitat, this is the first for Chatham, Discovery and Trial islands.

Saturna had one 10 years ago and Sidney Island about 15 years ago. The pack animals aren’t usually seen solo.

“Every once in a while an individual wolf will leave a pack for what we think is conflict within the pack,” Pauwels said. “They usually don’t stay on their own too long because they are a social animal. They like to live in groups.”

Attempts to trap the wolf in early August were unsuccessful. While the wolf has yet to rejoin its pack or join another group, the conservation service doesn’t have immediate plans to revisit relocating the wolf.

“The wolf hasn’t demonstrated any aggressive behaviour there,” Pauwels said. “If it were to stay on those islands it might become accustomed to people and that’s something we’d rather not see happen.”

Just Posted

Speculation tax forces sale of Oak Bay’s ‘Tulip House’

Bob and Jan Fleming selling their retirement home famous for its thousands of tulips

Large scale flood forces Saanich rec centre to close

Extent of the damage unknown at this point

Ringette returns to Greater Victoria

Locals are forming a new ringette association after going more than decade without

Second beach closed to swimming at Elk/Beaver lakes

Island Health, CRD do not recommend swimming at Hamsterly or Eagle beaches

Ethnic media aim to help maintain boost in voting by new Canadians

Statistics Canada says new Canadians made up about one-fifth of the voting population in 2016

Greater Victoria wanted list for the week of Aug. 23

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers is seeking the public’s help in locating the… Continue reading

POLL: Should there be a ban on gas-powered leaf blowers?

We’ve all heard them, and most likely cursed them under our breath.… Continue reading

Retired Vancouver Island teacher ‘Set for Life’ after $675K lottery win

Patrick Shannon plans to buy new sails for his sailboat

New police force in Surrey must avoid VPD, RCMP errors made in Pickton case: Oppal

Boots are scheduled to be on the ground by spring 2021

Man at centre of dropped HIV-disclosure case sues province and 10 cops

Brian Carlisle of Abbotsford says Mission RCMP defamed him and were ‘negligent’ in their investigation

Striking Western Forest Products workers could lose benefits in September

Union, forest company at odds over Vancouver Island benefit payments as strike enters third month

Conan turns to the Property Brothers for tips on buying Greenland

Jonathan Scott suggests removing glaciers and mountains to bring in ‘more natural light’

Forests minister visits B.C. town rocked by multiple mill shutdowns

A third of Mackenzie turns out for rally, not much to cheer about

Most Read