Coastal Wolves Unique, Merit Protection, Study Conculdes

Posted by Maureen

I just got some interesting news from Chris Genovali at Raincoast Conservation Foundation….

Coastal wolf photo by Dr. Chris Darimont

Coastal wolf photo (c) Dr. Chris Darimont

Those beautiful wolves that we hear (and sometimes see — when they let us) on Maple Leaf’s Great Bear Rainforest trips are in the papers today.

As you may know, Raincoast’s Wolf Project has been working with the Heiltsuk to study these wolves and has uncovered all sorts of amazing things about them: they prefer seafood to deer, they are genetically extremely diverse, they are different in many ways from other gray wolves, they swim up to 10 km from island to island. The list goes on.

Now, based on a recent study, scientists are proposing these coastal wolves be recognized as an Evolutionarily Significant Unit deserving special conservation and protection status.

Read the details about their findings and the upcoming recommendation on the Raincoast Conservation Foundation website.

(And while you’re there, why not take a moment to hunt around and check out all the great work Raincoast does. If you like it, why not send them a donation?)


NB: Dr. Chris Darimont and Brian Falconer will be speaking about the wolves and other new findings in the Great Bear Rainforest in a joint lecture series with Kevin and Maureen of Maple Leaf Adventures. Dates are:

Mar. 23 – Nanaimo, Vancouver Island University, 7 p.m.

Mar. 24 – Qualicum Beach/Parksville, Civic Centre, 7 p.m.

Mar. 25 – Comox/Courtenay, Stan Hagen Theatre at North Island College, 7 p.m.

Mar. 27 – Victoria, David Lam Auditorium, UVic, 7:30 p.m.

For information, contact us at or 250-386-7245 / 1-888-599-5323.