British Columbia is in collective mourning over the loss of their iconic lone wolf. The B.C. Conservation Office announced that a B.C. wolf named Takaya was tragically killed by a hunter on Tuesday, March 24. He had been the lone wolf on Discovery Island, B.C., for over six years.\nAnimal documentarians and conservation specialists had been closely following the journey of Takaya, a rare species of canine known as the sea wolf, according to The Guardian.\nOver the years, Takaya has been seen prowling through several regions around Victoria, B.C., from residential backyards and city sidewalks to farms on the outskirts.\nHis most prominent settlement was on Discovery Island, where he had survived by hunting otters, seals, and fish.\nHe held the title of only wolf on the island, even though wolves are not generally known to inhabit islands of such small size.\nThe Guardian cited Takaya's journey as significant, as very few wolves have been recorded to "traverse the heart of Victoria."\nCTV News reported that Takaya was seen journeying through the streets of James Bay, Victoria, in January. He was tranquillized by conservation officers upon discovery and released into the wild.\nWe've all heard about how wolves travel in packs, so Takaya's status as a "lone wolf" only added to his fame. A wolf expert told the Guardian about how Takaya's sharp predatory instincts made him an exceptional hunter in the wild.\nView this post on Instagram Rest in peace #takaya the lone wolf killed by hunters #wolf # lonewolf 😥😥 A post shared by Micheline Thibodeau (@michelinethibodeau) on Mar 27, 2020 at 10:42am PDT\nSo naturally, news of his death has stunned and disheartened animal lovers all across the world, especially as it was a case of trophy hunting, according to CTV News.\nCBC News spoke to Cheryl Alexander, a documentarian who studied Takaya and his activities in the wild. She said that trophy-hunters need a "wake-up call."\nAlexander has also urged the B.C. government to reconsider hunting laws, which allow such a killing. She reported getting tons of emails from individuals who admired Takaya for being able to survive on his own, even in difficult natural conditions.\nCountless reactions have emerged on social media in light of his death.\nOne user said in a tweet, "Dear Takaya, I'm sorry you were taken to Soon this way. My heart is Sad and Broken. I Cry with you and for All the Animals around the World. Xo A tragic ending, for a Beautiful Wolf."\nAnother user urged the public to take action to save B.C. wolves, saying "Takaya didn’t have to die in vain. Help SaveBCWolves and take action today."\nOne user expressed their grief in a tweet, saying, "In all the things happening in the world, today a big piece of my heart is shattered. I am totally in favour of hunting, for food and sustenance, not for sport. Takaya We can learn so much from animals. Now this great one is gone."\nAn Instagram user went on to share their emotions. "This was not the ending that any of us anticipated for Victoria's beautiful lone wolf Takaya," they said in their caption.\nSomeone shared photos of Takaya reportedly taken just last Sunday, which would make them the last images of the wolf still alive.\nHere are photos of the lone wolf, #Takaya, which I captured just this past Sunday in the San Juan Valley near Port Renfrew. Tragically, Takaya was shot and killed Tuesday near Shawnigan Lake, making these likely the last images of him still alive. pic.twitter.com/eHAYDVFIrv— TJ Watt (@TJWattPhoto) March 26, 2020\nOther social media users are sharing the same sentiments on the wolf's death.\nView this post on Instagram His name is Takaya, he never had a pack and lived alone on Discovery Island for 6 years. Throughout his life he travelled looking for nourishment and eventually was relocated to Port Angeles due to wandering in urban areas. He was a beautiful beast. They say the lone wolf dies in the wild, yet the wild didn't kill this wolf. A trophy hunter did. I did not need this this morning. 😭 Fuck Trophy hunting, and fuck whatever pathetic person thought it okay to steal the life of this lonely beast (because I'm sure you feel like such a strong mighty human now, with your guns verses flesh). And furthermore, if you agree with trophy/sport hunting, fuck you, fuck off into some sort of nasty abyss made especially for nasty withered hearts. What a god damn damn time to be showcasing the outstanding repugnance of certain facets of humanity. Rest in peace now Takaya, I hope where ever you are that you finally found your pack. #takayawolf #takaya #riptakaya #fucktrophyhunting #dobetter #stoptrophyhunting #letshelptheworld #peace #wolves #savethewolves #wolf #takayathewolf #yyj #victoriabc #vancouverisland #canada #grief #notokay #apoxonyou #nastyhuman A post shared by Mya Wilson/AppleCat (@applecatmusic) on Mar 26, 2020 at 9:58am PDT\nI'm howling inside for #Takaya. Last summer I camped on Discovery Island and heard her mournful, beautiful howl. I can't even express in words how outraged and sad this makes me feel now. Hoooooooooooowl ... https://t.co/DNL00TM45b— Angela Hemming (@AhemProductions) March 26, 2020\nOh, my heart 💔 #takaya https://t.co/0wACSRAHhB— Jessica Smith (@lifeofjess) March 26, 2020\nView this post on Instagram Please take a moment of your time while you self isolate and sign a petition that calls on the government to protect BC Wolves. ➡️LINK IN BIO⬅️ #BCWolves #Takaya #wolf #wolves #BC #britishcolumbia #animals #protectbcwolves #victoria #yyj #vancouverisland #petition #canada A post shared by 🇨🇦 Chelsea (@colachic) on Mar 26, 2020 at 8:55pm PDT\nView this post on Instagram RIP Takaya. I hope wherever you are now you are free. #takaya #takayathewolf #discoveryisland #riptakaya #wolf #wolvesofinstagram #stoptrophyhunting A post shared by Cassandra Danielle (@sleepysiren99) on Mar 26, 2020 at 10:22am PDT\nAlexander told CBC that she hopes to arrange a memorial service of some sort, which would be open to the public, in the near future.\nAs of now, the killing of Takaya is being investigated and further details will be released as they become available.