Respectfully working to protect the coast.
Another way we are helping the populations of local sea wolves is via our coastal cleanups. This year we cleaned the beaches around Vargas Island. We collected over a tonne of debris with our partners. All the debris was removed/recycled at a later date. This marine debris is an attraction for many animals. Styrofoam, for example, breaks down and is easily mistaken as food for fish, birds and wolves. Through this program, we are doing our best to undo human impacts on the coastal ecosystem and ensure the livelihood of all coastal critters, wolves included.
Lastly, coexisting with these wild scavengers isn’t always done well. A large part of the BC Marine Trails Code of Conduct targets the education of proper human-wildlife interactions. This year, we plan to continue to offer training to guide outfitters, universities, high schools and rental companies about our Code of Conduct. Through these education programs, we can prevent negative interactions that have happened in the past. For example, back in July 2000, some outdoor recreationists fed wolves and their pups, causing them to become habituated and lose the wariness of humans. On July 2nd, a wolf attacked a kayaker sleeping under the stars. Eventually, this interaction led to the termination of two wolves by conservation officers. As the profile of these wolves increases alongside recreation, education is a crucial component to preventing situations like this from happening again.
Next year we plan to return to Vargas Island to clean up more debris, continue our Code of Conduct education with key outdoor participants, and update our database to divert recreation from sensitive areas. We ask you to consider making a Christmas donation. All donations are charitable. We appreciate your support in this important work. Lastly, I leave you with this quote.