Dead wolf found near Chesterman Beach

A dead wolf found on the outskirts of Tofino last Tuesday is believed to have been the victim of a wolf-on-wolf attack.

A pedestrian walking through a wooded area between the Pacific Rim Highway and South Chesterman Beach stumbled upon the wolf and alerted Pacific Rim National Park staff who reported the finding to the BC Conservation Officer service around 12:30 p.m. Visible injuries to its body suggest the wolf was taken out by another wolf or wolves, according to Conservation Officer Brittany Mueller “We did locate some puncture wounds and cuts on the hindquarter, neck and foot,” she said. “From what I could see it looks like it did get in a scrap with another animal.”

A provincial wildlife veterinarian will perform a necropsy to confirm the cause of death and determine if there were any underlying reasons to explain why it was attacked.

“Wolves are very interesting animals so there could be a number of reasons as to why they did go after it,” Mueller said.

She said wolf-on-wolf attacks are not uncommon but it is rare for the victim of such an attack to be found.

“It probably happens a lot more often than we know.

These wolves have large territories and the chance of actually stumbling across an animal that’s gone through this are definitely rare,” she said.

Mueller said the wolf looked to be young, possibly between 1-2 years old, and its body was “quite fresh” meaning the death was recent.

Anyone who comes across a dead animal should leave the area immediately after marking the location to report to the Conservation Officer Service at 1-877-952-7277.

Do not disrupt a dead animal’s surroundings as this could hinder a conservation officer’s investigation into its cause of death.

Mueller said evidence of wolf-on-wolf aggression does not suggest any increased danger to humans.

“Wolves are known to show aggression towards each other…An alpha wolf typically does kill 1-3 wolves in his or her lifetime,” she said. “They have that hierarchy to keep and there’s some members of the pack that just won’t meet up to their standards.”

reporter@westerlynews.ca

Just Posted

Tofino Hatchery wraps up successful season

“If you give those things half a chance, they will go to the ‘nth degree’ to get up those rivers.”

Tofino-Ucluelet Westerly News earns four national awards

The Westerly was announced as the recipient of four Canadian Community Newspaper Awards last week.

Culture provides authentic means to education for Ahousaht and Klemtu students

Tying lessons into a real-world scenario creates a more significant and community-based classroom

Tofino police believe alcohol was a factor in Thursday night car crash

The crash knocked out power to the community from 6:44-10:01 p.m

Ucluelet Secondary School Class of 2019 embark on a new chapter

School will host graduation ceremony on Saturday, June 15 at 2 p.m.

PHOTOS: Elusive ‘ghost whale’ surfaces near Campbell River

Ecotourism operator captures images of the rare white orca

Victoria mom describes finding son ‘gone’ on first day of coroners inquest into overdose death

Resulting recommendations could change handling of youth records amidst the overdose crisis

Dash-cam video in trial of accused cop killer shows man with a gun

Footage is shown at trial of Oscar Arfmann, charged with killing Const. John Davidson of Abbotsford

Suicide confirmed in case of B.C. father who’d been missing for months

2018 disappearance sparked massive search for Ben Kilmer

Eight U.S. senators write to John Horgan over B.C. mining pollution

The dispute stems from Teck Resources’ coal mines in B.C.’s Elk Valley

Threats charge against Surrey’s Jaspal Atwal stayed

Atwal, 64, was at centre of controversy in 2018 over his attendance at prime minister’s reception in India

Anti-vaxxer Robert F. Kennedy Jr. to speak in Surrey

He’s keynote speaker at Surrey Environment and Business Awards luncheon by Surrey Board of Trade Sept. 17

Otters devour 150 trout at Kootenay hatchery

The hatchery has lost close to 150 fish in the past several months

B.C. church’s Pride flag defaced for second time in 12 days

Delta’s Ladner United Church says it will continue to fly the flag for Pride month

Most Read