Protect British Columbia's Vargas Wolf Pack

British Columbia’s coastal wolves are special, living a unique existence, hunting and beach combing on the fringe between rainforest and ocean. Scientists believe that these small, sea-faring wolves may be a distinct subspecies to the rugged coastlines of the BC coast. As a keystone species, they are critical to maintaining the balance of coastal ecosystems, are sacred to the Ahousaht Nation, and are a draw to visitors of the BC Coast. The coastal wolves of Vargas Island Provincial Park are in danger because of human-induced conflict.

BC’s coastal wolves rely on access to beaches and the ocean for food. Wolves are highly intelligent social animals and their packs work just like close-knit human families do. At this time of year, with hungry pups in the den, wolf packs have more mouths to feed. With more than 80 percent of their food provided by the sea, they rely on what the tide brings in. At times, that food comes in with humans. With the summer tourists camping on Vargas beaches, these wolves have learned to dine on human food left behind or improperly secured by campers. It is up to us, as humans, to adapt and to be responsible for our actions in wolf country.

Wolves have evolved to live on this coast for centuries. Especially in small families like the Vargas Pack, survival of every member is critical. The Vargas Island wolves were nearly killed off several years ago because of this same issue. Now, just when this population is starting to recover, we are at a crossroads. Let’s not make the same mistake again.

Please join us in urging BC Parks and Ministry of the Environment to take the following actions to keep the Vargas Island wolves wild and all human visitors safe:

  1. Honour the Ahousaht Nation’s request for a No Kill Policy for the Vargas Island wolf pack.
  2. Adapt Vargas Island management plans to reflect the No Kill Policy put forward by the Ahousaht Nation.
  3. Inform and enforce mandatory use of bear and wolf-proof food cache systems and zero tolerance for any improperly stored food (including food stored in kayaks).
  4. Install bear and wolf-proof food caches at all camping areas.

To learn more and support local education efforts, please visit: http://raincoasteducation.org/.

To read the open letter to BC Parks and Conservation Officer Services submitted on behalf of the Raincoast Education Society, National Geographic Photographer Paul Nicklen, Conservation Photographer Cristina Mittermeier, Sea Legacy, and Ocean Simone Shine of Ocean Outfitters, please visit: http://raincoasteducation.org/education-programs/coexisting-wildlife

 

This petition will be delivered to:
  • Clayoquot Area Supervisor, BC Ministry of Environment, BC Parks and Conservation Officer Services
    Kathryn Ryan-Wilson
  • Conservation Officer, Port Alberni, BC Ministry of Environment
    Steve Ackles


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