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iN VIDEO: Wolf captured wandering in Victoria has been relocated

A tranquilized wolf is seen in this handout photo. A wolf spotted roaming through a busy Victoria neighbourhood not far from the provincial legislature has been safely captured.
Image Credit: THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO, Victoria Police Department
January 27, 2020 - 5:14 PM

The wolf found wandering through Victoria this past weekend is believed to be the same one that has spent the last seven years living by its lonesome on a nearby island.

Once located on Discovery Island, a tiny island off the coast of Victoria’s Oak Bay suburb, the wolf must have swam the one kilometre to reach Victoria, the Conservation Officer Service said in a statement posted to its Facebook page.

Conservation believes it is the same wolf due to several factors.

“The wolf had not shown any aggression towards people while it was roaming the Victoria neighbourhood over the weekend,” the statement said.

“Although Conservation Officers believe the wolf swam to the capital, it is not being released on Discovery Island as it left for a reason – the wolf was looking for food or resources, and for the safety of the public and the animal, it was relocated out of the urban environment.”

The wolf was first seen in the James Bay area, before it was later captured near the B.C. legislature in a busy neighbourhood.

It was assessed by a provincial wildlife veterinarian Monday morning, Jan. 27, before being released on the west side of Vancouver Island.

— With files from The Canadian Press

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