Discovery Island open again


Just in time for summer, Discovery Island, just east of Oak Bay has re-opened. The Island was shut down last fall after it's only inhabitant, a coastal grey wolf, got too close to a visiting family and their dog.

The B.C. provincial park was closed last fall after a family reported a close encounter with the coastal grey wolf, which has been known to reside there for at least four years.

The family was visiting the island in September and said the wolf appeared to be stalking their dog, which wasn't permitted to be on the island, but they left without incident.

Conservation officers then recommended the province shut down the island to the public to give the wolf some privacy.

Discovery Island reopened Monday for day-use only, but dogs and other pets are still not permitted.

BC Parks says rangers and conservation officers will be patrolling regularly to educate the public and monitor the area.

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