The Sunshine Coast is home to a rich variety of wildlife. Many city dwellers that relocate to our more rural environment become used to raccoons and even coyotes moving through their urban neighbourhoods in search of food. Here, residents frequently see bears, cougars, coyotes, deer and elk travelling across the highways, following a vast network of wildlife corridors in search of food.
For animal health and safety, as well as resident and pet safety, wild animals should not be encouraged to visit residential areas. We can help reduce any conflicts by making sure that garbage cans are kept secure and bird feeders are suspended and limited to winter time use. Remember never feed wild animals.
If you experience a confrontation with a wild animal or feel threatened by them, immediately report it to the Conservation Officer at 1-877-952-7277, or the RCMP.
Resources:WildSafe BCBC Conservation Foundation Bear Aware ProgramMinistry of EnvironmentGuide to coexisting with bearsBear information and tipsGardner’s Guide to preventing deer and elk damageRAPP (Report all poachers and polluters)