How will the U.S. election results impact Canada? We reserve the right to close comments at any time. The B.C. 'It is a huge loss.'. The question of who killed Takaya, British Columbia’s famous solitary wolf, goes far beyond who pulled the trigger. “I’ve known where he has been for the last month and he’s been doing really great and healthy,” she said. Conservation officers believed it left the island for a reason — likely looking for food or resources. 894646. In the weeks before his death he had been spotted with increasing frequency, raising fears …

"He was providing people with hope [because] he was probably the biggest isolationist in the world," she said, referring to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Please, Takaya was the subject of a popular BBC documentary last year. ", 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. Takaya, whose name means 'wolf' to the indigenous Songhees people, was the subject of a BBC documentary last year, and was followed for his peculiar hermit-like behaviour. She knew it was Takaya after learning the number found on the wolf's yellow ear-tag. The provincial hunting regulations are administered by FLNRORD.".

Alexander, who has been documenting #Takaya for over six years, says she is at a loss for words and wants trophy hunting to be stopped. Audience Relations, CBC P.O. “It is a huge loss.”, In 2012, the rare coastal wolf journeyed south through the city of Victoria, taking refuge in gardens and parks, before swimming two miles to reach the 320-acre Discovery Island, less than a tenth of the size of a wolf pack’s normal habitat. In January, Takaya was seen scurrying down the sidewalks of James Bay and was tranquilized by conservation officers.

An earlier version of this story said Takaya was killed by a trophy hunter. adds 3 deaths, 299 new COVID-19 infections as active cases reach new high, Vancouver Island business leaders call for regional COVID-19 restrictions, VicPD searching for man who allegedly hit bystander with baseball bat, Victoria Hyundai puts out call for winter coats, Vancouver Island has 18 active COVID-19 cases. It is a priority for CBC to create a website that is accessible to all Canadians including people with visual, hearing, motor and cognitive challenges. “I knew right away.

B.C. A wolf that lived alone for years on a tiny island near Victoria was shot and killed by a hunter this week.

On Sunday, thousands of Takaya's fans were to send off the iconic lone wolf with a collective howl. “It was exciting that he was surviving, so it’s devastating that his life is ended in this senseless way,” she said.

Cheryl Alexander said she was sure it was Takaya when learned that a tagged wolf had been shot, and she was certain after learning the ear tag was labeled 1-295. 'The senseless trophy killing of Takaya, the iconic "lone wolf" made famous by his stay on Discovery Island, once again brings to the fore the full-spectrum persecution of Canis lupus in British Columbia,” Chris Genovali, executive director of Raincoast Conservation Foundation (RCF), told Canada's National Post. "It's just so sad that I had to tell people at this time, when people need hope, that this terrible thing has happened.". Alexander recently produced a Nature of Things documentary on the wolf, which was released internationally and has garnered global acclaim. Meghan Markle 'voted early by mail in the 2020 election' source claims - after she and Prince Harry sparked... 'Losing is never easy. "This isolated coastal habitat similar to Discovery Island was carefully chosen to give the wolf the best chance possible. Registered in England No. Western Canada’s renowned self-isolator, Takaya the lone wolf, has been killed by a hunter, leaving thousands bereft worldwide.The animal, who lived for eight years on an archipelago in British laws that allow it. James Bay wolf released into wild of western Vancouver Island, Lone wolf eating seal and howling away on Discovery Island, Greater Victoria sees second-highest increase in severe crime across Canada, Possible cougar sighting in Saanich early Sunday morning, Victoria International Airport sees rise in noise complaints, VIDEO: Halloween crowds gather in Vancouver despite B.C. This was a legendary young wolf, with a grit and instinct for survival that riveted conservationists.

Pictured: Undated photo of Takaya.

And in the wake of Takaya's death, HSI/Canada is calling on the British Columbia Government to prohibit the trophy hunting of wolves throughout the province. He certainly did not deserve to die for the sake of some trophy hunter’s cheap thrill. Alexander said Takaya was killed in the wilderness area northwest of Victoria – somewhere between Port Renfrew and Shawnigan Lake. We didn't mean to scare you: Chris Whitty and Sir Patrick Vallance defend their '4,000 deaths a day'... Pints ordered by post, football at school but not at clubs, and 30 guests at funerals but only six for... Robert Jenrick is forced to admit there was NO full report made on the economic impact of new lockdown. By submitting a comment, you accept that CBC has the right to reproduce and publish that comment in whole or in part, in any manner CBC chooses. Alexander said she is at a loss for words and wants trophy hunting to be stopped. But instead of returning the famous wolf to his previous eastern island territory officials relocated Takaya to the other side of Vancouver Island, an unfamiliar environment for the 11-year-old wolf. Even so, she said she hopes the death is a "wake-up call" for "entitled" hunters who kill for fun, and the B.C. Conservation Officer Service has confirmed that the lone wolf who lived on Discovery Island for six years, Takaya, was shot and killed by a hunter earlier this week. The British Columbia Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource and Rural Development, which relocated him, had a heightened responsibility to ensure his safety, especially from trophy hunters, but unfortunately it failed to do so. To be shot for no reason other than the fact that he was a wolf, is just tragic.”. America votes: What is the electoral college? Cheryl Alexander said she was sure it was Takaya when learned that a tagged wolf had been shot, and she was certain after learning the ear tag was labeled 1-295. Alexander added that Takaya will "leave a huge legacy," and described the thousands of supportive emails she's received from all over the world from people interested in the wolf's life. Police moved the creature to Vancouver Island, where he was killed by a hunter last Tuesday. “I knew right away. “I hope we can examine our relationship with wild carnivores and our habitat and what we’re doing to destroy it,” she said. READ ALSO: Lone wolf eating seal and howling away on Discovery Island, Dozens of carved creations near Havenswood Park entrance, Scenes shot on Sidney Pier and at Great Canadian Dollar Store, The Vic West Lawn Bowling Club has been operating since 1930, CRD asking municipalities to identify areas that could be converted into residential units, Collaborative effort with Victoria Cool Aid Society adds 20 beds, Active cases now more than 3,000, 92 in hospital, Owner of Willows Farm believes they have been stolen and fears for their safety, Public Health Agency of Canada said exemption to the 14-day quarantine not applicable to Point Roberts, CEO says pulling off pandemic election was a significant challenge, The video appears to show a security guard grabbing a woman who is attempting to escape, World Health Organization recommended wearing filtered, three-layer masks as early as June 12, Rains have not slacked off, keeping landslides a present threat, A police approved candy booth and a crime-free evening were the Halloween highlights in Gold River this year, Higher property and drug-related crimes led to the spike, with only Kelowna recording higher increase, No other sightings reported, Conservation notified, COVID-19 has led to increased complaints about propeller airplanes, with commercial air traffic down, Police said large, alcohol fuelled crowds made dispersing people not a practical solution, Volunteers remove overgrown ivy from McNeill Bay, Crash near Colwood Corners involved hydro pole, The majority of new cases, and all deaths, happened in the Lower Mainland.

We led a coalition of groups in successfully shutting down Ontario’s plan to expand wolf and coyote hunting in 2016, and in British Columbia, HSI is working to end the province’s archaic and scientifically unsound wolf culling program as well as killing contests that promote recreational trophy hunting. She said she believes the conservation officers will offer Takaya's remains to the local First Nations, and she plans to offer her own memorial service of some kind, which could be open to the public. "To have regulations in B.C. His solitude and survival techniques transformed. Wildlife photographer says death is a ‘tragic end’ for an exceptional wolf.

A wildlife photographer who tracked the Discovery Island wolf Takaya for seven years says the animal has been killed by hunters. “I’ve been crying for the last couple of hours,” said Alexander. Western Canada’s renowned self-isolator, Takaya the lone wolf, has been killed by a hunter, leaving thousands bereft worldwide. Please note that CBC does not endorse the opinions expressed in comments. I just found out a few hours ago.”. We are no longer accepting comments on this article.

", "The wolf was not taken back to Discovery Island as it left for a reason – it may have been looking for food or resources.

The agency said they decided not to return the wolf to his home on Discovery Island as he may have left again to search for food. It is high time we stop this injustice. Gender pay gap narrows thanks to more women in boardroom-level jobs, official survey finds. The foundation added that an estimated 1,200 wolves are killed for sport each year. top doctor’s plea to avoid parties, Daylight finally hits long covered stand of willow trees in Oak Bay, UPDATED: Traffic flowing on Sooke Road following early morning crash, B.C. The COS said in a statement that the wolf was killed on Tuesday, March 24th near the Shawnigan Lake area, which is around 50 kilometres away from where it was released in late January.

The comments below have been moderated in advance. Alexander hopes Takaya’s death will trigger reflection on hunting regulations. Could heated talk over the dinner table become a HATE CRIME? It is there that the trophy hunter shot him.

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