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Notice to Clayoquot Connections from BC Parks 09/06/19

 From BC Parks;  You are receiving this as a Park Use Permit holder for Vargas Island Provincial Park. As you may already know, BC Parks has received several recent reports of wolf activity in the provincial park on Vargas Island. I would like to take a moment to remind operators of the importance of their responsibility to ensure that their guests are not having a long lasting impact on the animals present in the park. There have been some concerning reports of park users seen in close proximity to wolves and in areas currently being frequented by the pack. Approaching wolves and maintaining a presence around them can and will lead to habituation. Wolves should be allowed to roam free in their range and have access to food without interference by park visitors. BC Park Rangers have been patrolling the beaches in the areas of concern and will be taking action against anyone found to be harassing or interacting in any way with the wolves. In light of this, I would strongly suggest that all operators transporting guests to Vargas Island ensure that they are aware of the following messaging posted on the BC Parks website:

Notice from BC Parks; Sept 6/19


ATTENTION: With the recent increase in wildlife activity in and around Vargas Island Provincial Park, BC Parks is advising park users to adhere to the following;
 
  • Be extremely mindful about how food is stored, always use food caches where possible and have equipment to hang food in the event food caches are full. Please note, Kayak hatches are NOT a suitable place to store food as wolves have learned how to get into kayak hatches. Unlawfully storing food and/or garbage may result in an eviction or violation ticket under section 33.

Notice from BC Parks; Sept. 6/19


BC Parks will continue to patrol the area to ensure that visitors are acting in a responsible manner. Any concerning behaviour or willful disregard for the regulations in the Park Act or Wildlife Act will lead to enforcement action. If you see anything of concern, please feel free to report it to me. Habituation and food conditioning will undoubtedly lead to conflict with humans and serious consequences for all involved.
 
Thank you for your cooperation and understanding with this matter.

Whales at Ahous Bay

Recently, while entering Ahous Bay for remote island surfing and camping drop-off on the West Side on Vargas Island, we encountered 4 Gray Whales feeding.  On the return cruise back to Tofino there were 8 whales in Ahous Bay, it is always great to see larger numbers of whales and wildlife in Clayoquot Sound. 

The Remote Surfing and Camping drop-off is at a very protected smaller cove just West of Ahous Bay, with a 5 minute hike through the forest to a beautiful prestine beach with a great surfing break on Vargas Island.  That beach with some sand dunes is known locally as Little BaJa; it is a great place to Camp, Surf, and Beachcomb.  I should mention there is a food cache and a toilet at the drop-off cove.  Few people go there and with plenty of beach you should be able to find your solitude if that's what you're looking for. 

Minimizing Wolf Habituation

Info from BC Parks is 1st `Comment`, I was unable to post the article directly.

BC Parks Wolf Info

Wolf Advisory – August 10th, 2013
Over this past week BC Parks has received numerous reports of close wolf encounters on Vargas Island.
A number of these reports indicate that one or more animal(s) is habituated and is looking for human food.
At this time it is imperative that all people going to Vargas Island be extremely mindful with how they store their food at night or during the day if camp is un-occupied. Food left unattended for even a brief time can be enough to entice wolves that are already highly habituated to people.

Wolf Habituation

BC Parks is asking all park users to, "Report any human-wildlife interaction where public safety is at risk."  This includes any activities like leaving food for wolves and/or 'baiting' animals to increase photo opportunities.  Any activity that habituates wild predatory animals to human contact most often leads to their demise and I'm sure none of us want to be responsible for the death of bears or wolves; or for that matter an animal attack on another person, particularly a child.

Wolves on Vargas Island

BC Parks is strongly recommending that DOGS not be brought to the island.  There was an attack recently in the Flores Island Prov. Park were a dog was killed.

Animal Activity

Lots of activity has been occurring in Tofino's harbour so far this year.  Just 3 days ago a pod of 5 Orcas (Killer Whales) passed right through the harbour mid-day.  And there have been a lot more sighting of Sea Otters and Harbour Porpoises near the native village of Opitsat on Meares Island than in previous years to my memory  I've been so busy that I haven't been able to post that about a month ago there were several Humpback Whales in the Harbour coming and going for a couple of days; I've never seen that before in my 23 years of living in Tofino, that's incredible!  Also a couple of weeks ago while cruising through a narrow passage on the way to pick-up some quests that were island camping there was a black Wolf was swimming over to Vargas Island and only about 25 meters from the boat; got some great video.
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