Staqeya: the lone wolf at the edge of its ecological niche

Collage of wolf photos, Staqeya, from a figure in Ecology article.

(A) Staqeya the wolf with a background of arbutus berries. (B) Staqeya looking out across the narrow channel from the Chatham Islands to the suburbs of Victoria. (C) Staqeya with a recently killed harbor seal (Phoca vitulina) pup. (D) Staqeya with fresh river otter (Lontra canadensis) kill. Photos by Cheryl Alexander.

“In May 2012, a lone wolf (Canis lupus) appeared in Victoria, British Columbia (BC), Canada, a metropolitan area on the southern tip of Vancouver Island with a population of 365,000 (Fig. 1A, B). After sightings in backyards over a few days, the wolf settled in the adjacent Chatham and Discovery Islands. This wolf traveled a minimum of ~40 km from the nearest known wolf distribution, and through at least ~20 km of suburbia before swimming 1.5 km to the islands.”

Collins, D., Alexander, C., and Darimont, C.T. 2018. Staqeya: the lone wolf at the edge of its ecological niche. Ecology 100(1), e02513. 

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