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Take Action

Takaya’s Legacy Petition


This petition is in direct response to the laws that allowed, and even encouraged, Takaya to be shot by a recreational hunter with legal protection. Over 1200 wolves are killed each year in BC for recreation. Demand that the provincial government align its wildlife management policies for wolves with the current values of a majority of its citizens. We are no longer living in the last century.  It’s particularly important for people from out-of-country to register their disagreement with these policies as tourism (aka dollars) is a significant driver for government policy. Sign The Legacy Petition to stop the recreational and gratuitous killing of wolves in BC.







Support the following organizations in BC that advocate for wolves and have current initiatives to stop recreational killing and culling of wolves in BC.

Visit their sites to learn more about this situation and to support their work:



Raincoast Conservation Organization




Pacific Wild








There are many organizations that focus on educating and providing information about the lives of wolves and issues surrounding these large carnivores.


A good place to start is by a visit to the site of Living With Wolves, a non-profit organization started by Jim and Jamie Dutcher. They pioneered the field of understanding wolves as individuals … as sentient beings … passionately documenting their lives and relationships. A portion of any profits from my film and photographs are donated to Living With Wolves.





Other Organizations and Resources



Wildlife Defense League


International Wolf Center


Wolf Haven International


Wolf Awareness


Wolf Matters


Wolf Watcher


Pacific Wolf Coalition


Sedona Wolf Week


Yellowstone Wolf Project


Conservation Northwest


Defenders of Wildlife


Rocky Mountain Wolf Project


The 06 Legacy





Reading About Wolves


If you’d like to learn more about wolves and Takaya’s ‘world’, the books listed here are those that I found most thorough, helpful, fascinating and provocative.




3 Among the Wolves, Helen Thayer, Seattle: Sasquatch Books, 2004


A New Era for Wolves and People: Wolf Recovery, Human Attitudes, and Policy, Eds. Marco Musiani, Luigi Boitani, and Paul C. Paquet, Calgary, Alta: University of Calgary Press, 2009


A Wolf Called Romeo, Nick Jans, Boston: Mariner Books, 2014


Among Wolves, Gordon Haber & Marybeth Holleman, Fairbanks AK: University of Alaska Press, 2013


Brother Wolf: A Forgotten Promise, Jim Brandenburg, Minocqua, Wisconsin: North Wood Press, 1993


Following the Last Wild Wolves, Ian McAllister, Vancouver, BC: Greystone Books, 2011


Of Wolves & Men, Barry Lopez, New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1978


Return of the Wolf: Conflict & Coexistence, Paula Wild, Madeira Park, BC: Douglas & McIntyre, 2018


Secret Go the Wolves, R.D. Lawrence, New York: Ballantine Books, 1980


Shadow Mountain: A Memoir of Wolves, a Woman, and the Wild, Renée Askins, New York: Anchor Books, 2002


The Arctic Wolf: Ten Years with the Pack, L. David Mech, Shrewsbury, UK: Swan Hill Press, 1997


The Company of Wolves, Peter Steinhart, New York: Vintage Books, 1995


The Hidden Life of Wolves, Jim & Jamie Dutcher, Washington DC: National Geographic, 2013


The Homeward Wolf, Kevin Van Tighem, Victoria, BC: Rocky Mountain Books, 2013


The First Domestication: How Wolves and Humans Coevolved, Raymond Pierotti & Brandy R. Fogg, New Haven: Yale University Press, 2017


The Last Wild Wolves: Ghosts of the Great Bear Rainforest, Ian McAllister, Vancouver, BC: Greystone Books, 2007


The Pipestone Wolves: The Rise and Fall of a Wolf Family, Gunther Bloch & John E. Marriott, Victoria, BC: Rocky Mountain Books, 2016


The Rise of Wolf 8: Witnessing the Triumph of Yellowstone’s Underdog, Rick McIntyre, Vancouver, BC: Greystone Books, 2019


The Soul of the Wolf, Michael W. Fox, New York: Lyons & Burford, 1980


The Way of the Wolf, L. David Mech, Shrewsbury, UK: Swan Hill Press, 1991


The Wisdom of Wolves, Jim & Jamie Dutcher, Washington DC: National Geographic, 2018


The Wisdom of Wolves: How Wolves Can Teach Us to be More Human, Elli H. Radinger, London, UK: Penguin Random House, 2017


The Wolf: A True Story of Survival and Obsession in the West, Nate Blakeslee, Toronto: Random House, 2017


The Wolf Connection: What Wolves can Teach us About Being Human, Teo Alfero, New York: Enliven Books, 2019


White Wolf: Living With an Arctic Legend, Jim Brandenburg, Minocqua, Wisconsin: North Wood Press, 1988


Wild Wolves We Have Known: Stories of Wolf Biologists’ Favorite Wolves, Eds. Richard P. Thiel, Allison C. Thiel & Marianne Strozewski, Minneapolis: International Wolf Center, 2013


Wolf Country: Eleven Years Tracking the Algonquin Wolves, John B. Theberge with Mary T. Theberge, Toronto: McClelland & Stewart, 1998


Wolf Haven: Sanctuary and the Future of Wolves in North America, Brenda Peterson & Annie Marie Musselman, Seattle: Sasquatch Books, 2016


Wolf Nation, Brenda Peterson, Boston: Da Capo Press, 2017


Wolf Spirit: A Story of Healing, Wolves and Wonder, Gudrun Pfluger, Victoria, BC: Rocky Mountain Books, 2015


Wolfer: A Memoir, Carter Niemeyer, Boise, ID: BottleFly Press, 2010


Wolves: Behavior, Ecology and Conservation, eds. L. David Mech & Luigi Boitani, Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 2003


Wolves in the Land of Salmon, David Moskowitz, Portland: Timber Press, 2013


Wolves on the Hunt: The Behavior of Wolves Hunting Wild Prey, L. David Mech, Douglas W. Smith & Daniel R. MacNulty, Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 2015




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A Dream of Islands, Philip Teece, Victoria, BC: Orca Book Publishers, 1988


A Sand County Almanac, Aldo Leopold, New York, Ballantine Books, 1949


A Shimmer on the Horizon, Philip Teece, Victoria, BC: Orca Book Publishers, 1999


A Year on the Wild Side: A West Coast Naturalist’s Almanac, Briony Penn, Victoria, BC: Touchwood, revised edition 2019


Beyond Words: What Animals Think and Feel, Carl Safina, New York: Henry Holt & Co., 2015


Day of Two Sunsets: Paddling Adventures on Canada’s West Coast, Michael Blades, Victoria, BC: Orca Book Publishers, 1993


Hope for the Animals and Their World, Jane Goodall, New York: Grand Central Publishing, 2011


Marine Life of the Pacific Northwest, Andy Lamb & Bernard P. Hanby, Madeira Park, BC: Harbour Publishing, 2005


Our Wild Calling: How Connecting With Animals Can Transform Our Lives – and Save Theirs, Richard Louv, Chapel Hill, NC: Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, 2019


Reflections from the North Country, Sigurd F. Olson, New York: Alfred A. Knopf Inc., 1976


Seals in the Wild: Nature’s Curious Creatures, Fred Bruemmer, San Diego, CA: Laurel Glen Publishing, 1998


Songhees, Songhees Nation, Victoria, BC: Songhees Nation, 2013


The Collected Works of Sigurd F. Olson: The Early Writings: 1921-1934, Ed. Mike Link, Stillwater, Minnesota: Voyageur Press, 1988


The Emotional Lives of Animals, Marc Bekoff, Novato, California: New World Library, 2007


The Inner Life of Animals: Surprising Observations of a Hidden World, Peter Wohllenben, London: Vintage, 2016


The Salish Sea: Jewel of the Pacific Northwest, Audrey DeLella & Joseph K. Gaydos, Seattle: Sasquatch Books, 2015


The Sea Among Us: The Amazing Strait of Georgia, Richard Beamish & Gordon McFarlane, Madeira Park, BC: Harbour Publishing, 2014


The Singing Wilderness, Sigurd F. Olson, New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1977


The Teachings of Don Juan: A Yaqui Way of Knowledge, Carlos Castaneda, New York: Simon and Schuster, 1968


The Wild in You: Voices from the Forest and the Sea, Lorna Crozier & Ian McAllister, Vancouver, BC: Greystone Books, 2015


Where the Wild Things Were, William Stolzenburg, New York: Bloomsbury, 2008


Women Who Run With the Wolves, Clarissa Pinkola Estés, Toronto: Random House of Canada, 1992




A Wolf Called Wander, Rosanne Parry, New York: Greenwillow Books, 2019


Happiness, Aminatta Forna, London: Bloomsbury Publishing, 2018


Lone Wolf, Jodi Picoult, New York: Pocket Books, 2012


The Dog Master: A Novel of the First Dog, W. Bruce Cameron, New York: Tom Doherty Associates, 2015


The Wolf Border, Sarah Hall, Croyden, UK: Faber & Faber, 2015


The Wolf Chronicles: Promise of the Wolves, Dorothy Hearst, New York: Simon & Schuster Paperbacks, 2009

—Secrets of the Wolves, 2011

—Spirit of the Wolves, 2015