Takaya, the lone wolf of Discovery Island, has been shot and killed
A lone wolf that recently ventured into Victoria and had to be relocated by conservation officers has been shot dead.CTV News Vancouver Island has confirmed Takaya, a well known wolf who spent years living alone on Discovery Island, has died this week. Cheryl Alexander is a conservation photographer who has been following one of nature’s great predators for years and said the animal was shot by a hunter. “I’ve been crying for the last couple of hours,” said Alexander. “It’s heartbreaking.” She lives in Victoria and has been following, documenting and studying the lone wolf named Takaya, which lived on Discovery Island off the coast of Oak Bay, for six years. In January, Takaya was seen scurrying down the sidewalks of James Bay and was tranquilized by conservation officers. He was then relocated and released into the wild at an undisclosed location. Alexander said Takaya was relocated to an area near Port Renfrew. “I’ve known where he has been for the last month and he’s been doing really great and healthy,” she said. On Wednesday, she was told by local hunters that a wolf with an ear tag had been shot. “Takaya is the only wolf on the island with an ear tag,” she said. “I knew right away. I just found out a few hours ago.” Alexander said she is at a loss for words and wants trophy hunting to be stopped. “What are we doing allowing trophy hunting?,” she said. “As far as I know it was a legal hunt.” CTV News Vancouver Island reached out to the BC Conservation Officer Service for more information and received the following statement in response: "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." The conservation officer service went on to say the wolf was killed Tuesday near Shawnigan Lake, "approximately 50 kilometres away from where it was 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," the statement continued. "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." The conservation officer service says its investigation is ongoing and further details will be released as they become available. Alexander, who has been documenting Read more: CTV News
😳😭 So sad 😢 All that trouble to relocate the wolf and some idiot with a rifle shoots him . A pity and a loss to nature's grand creatures. Nooooooooooooooooooo GRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR! How sad ! Here's the documentary: This is such a shame. All you 'conservation experts' obviously don’t know that there is a massive shortage of mountain Caribou causing the species to go nearly extinct because of wolves killing them. The hunting of wolves is fully legal and approved by the Indigenous Community’s with high wolf pop.
Oh my God how can people be so cruel!! Disgusting I agree trophy hunting must stop
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Mankind.......fail Very sad news. Why? Not cool. Why is trophy hunting on wolves going on? Horrible What an outrage! Why is this allowed? And why is anyone shooting a tagged animal? The hunter needs to have his finger and toes ripped off. I’m a wolf lover, and this Absolutely makes me angry 😡 Of course the wolf has been shot & killed. Trophy 🏆 😡
Ok but to everyone freaking out...listen to the words lone wolf. Means it couldn't mate. And why do we assume it was trophy hunting? Could have been someone walking in the woods, saw the wolf tracking them, and shot it for protection. The body would be taken if 'trophy hunting' Disgusting
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A true hunter understands and appreciates the animal. A true hunter only hunts in order to feed his or her family. A true hunter never takes more than he/she needs and never hunts for fun. This person should be penalized. There is no benefit of shooting a poor wolf. Rest In Peace old boy 🙏 It was a legal kill Why is this news? Wolves destroy deer populations, without predator control we'd have no deer left.
WTF? Heartbreaking. Hunting should only be allowed without weapons. If you can take down a bear or moose with your own hands, go for it. So sad. 😥 This doesn't make me sad it makes my blood boli. I truly hope that all that participate in trophyhunting die a painful death from coronavirus This just breaks my heart. So sad to learn of this.
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Shoot the hunter. Humans are disgusting Got yer trophy, hope your happy with it. God damn bullshit thats what this is. GArchibaldCTV ?! 😡 😢 Killing for sport is cowardly and cruel. stoptrophyhunting I hate people That is so sad 😭💔 The person deserves the same Idiots that's why I said don't post headlines about endangered species , what do u do , month later the outcome I predicted Is completely right,
I will never understand the hunting of wolves in the wild. They play a role in nature's conservation cycles. It is one thing to shoot a trouble wolf that continuously raids a farmer's resources. But, to shoot one in the wild ... I do not support trophy hunting.
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We can see her picture why can't we see his? STOP TROPHY HUNTING!!!! 🤬🎂😭 This is why we can’t have nice things. Why? 😢😢😢😢😢 😔 😢 Of course. This is what hunting does. The fact that he had a tag or that ppl knew his name doesn't make his life more valuable than the others killed for sport Seriously, how was this poor wolf not protected?
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Was this really necessary? Why? cocksucker. What the hell, what a shame. I can’t stand hunters. 💔🐾 My heart is broken. What the fuck is WRONG with people?!?! Who the fuck shoots a lone wolf?! Sad I have never understood why people call trophy hunting a sport when hunters are assassins, killers and heartless people that rejoice from killing an innocent being. They cannot be called humans.
😢 Stupid hunter smh Trophy hunting is barbaric. Can’t believe it still goes on in “civilized” countries.
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😣 We’re killing ourselves. This is sad and awful 😡 Heartbreaking :( Human beings are disgusting 😡😡😡 This makes me so so sad. Just horrible. I just can’t imagine how someone can kill such a beautiful innocent animal. Just horrific! I hope that you get punished somehow! Oh my god! The hunting and killing of wolves should be prohibited! Trophy hunting of any animal is disgusting.
Sad day. We need to turn a corner on our treatment of nature. For the sake of our soul and there’s. 👿👿👿 There are freakin’ murderous, moronic people alive in 2020 that need to kill wolves? BC shame on your province for allowing this slaughter. I'm sorry, What the fuck happened? I suspect close to Duncan? Why, just look at the history...
I am speechless. Cheryl Alexander is a conservation photographer said she is at a loss for words and wants trophy hunting to be stopped. Rest in peace Lone Wolf Vancouver cpaws I’m sorry but this is breaking my heart. And that picture at the bottom of the article? My heart 😭. Stop trophy hunting!! lonewolf
🤬 💔💔💔 Bastards can't let anything on 4 legs live. jags3251 why would you rt this I’m sad now 😥😥😥
The hunter is a murderer and as such should answer to the law. Humans are shit Fucking humans.