General News · 6th January 2014
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January is an opportune time to remind Islanders to continue their good work towards reducing conflict with wolves on Cortes Island. To this end I attach here the 5 point primer, Learning to Live with Wolves on Cortes Island, developed by Friends of Cortes Island (FOCI) in cooperation with the Conservation Officer Service (COS).
I continue to receive routine wolf sightings from observers across the Island which builds our data base: wolf numbers, individual identification, pack size, distribution/ movement and prey species.
Over the winter months, wolf activity has been and continues to be, prominent in and around the areas of Hank's Beach and the Whaletown Commons. This is to be expected, as both areas have been identified as important wildlife corridors. These are areas to avoid walking your dog over the winter months and please be reminded to keep your dog on leash at all times to avoid conflict with local wolves. Wolves have zero tolerance for dogs.
The Cortes community has come a long way in reducing conflict with local wolves and I would like to encourage continued community diligence as we move into the leanest months of the year for local wildlife.
All routine wolf sightings are most appreciated; FOCI -0087 or Sabina -6467. Encounters of concern are to be reported directly to the COS at 877 952 7277.