Re: Discovery Island closed to visitors, Oak Bay News, Sept. 23
Unfortunately because of the ignorance of a family who took their dog to Discovery Island, the future of that lone wolf is up in the air. A recent so called wolf/human interaction on the island is forcing the park to close until next spring while the Conservation Officer Service conducts behaviour assessments on the wolf.
In the spring of 2012 dogs and other pets were banned from Discovery yet by disobeying that order and allowing a dog on the island this has put the wolf in jeopardy.
According to a conservation officer the wolf seemed more interested in the dog rather than the people.
The wolf has been on the island for at least four years without negative consequences. It’s obvious the wolf is doing no harm to anyone and I fear that this behaviour assessment may be the end of the animal. It seems that is the standard operating procedure for the COS as has been shown with cougars and bears.