The Sunshine Coast is home to a rich variety of wildlife. Many city dwellers that relocate to our more rural environment become used to deer, raccoons, coyotes and even bears moving through their urban neighbourhoods in search of food. Residents also frequently see a variety of animals 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 waste is kept secure at all times, ripe fruit is removed, BBQs are kept clean, 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.
Living with Bears
There are many bears living on the Sunshine Coast. To prevent their unnecessary destruction, it is essential that all residents, first, become educated about how to live in harmony with bears and then, second, align their daily behaviour with this knowledge.
Securing attractants is the single best way to keep people safe, prevent property damage, and avoid the unnecessary killing of bears that come into conflict with people.
If a bear has been near your garbage, spraying the area with bleach has been shown to discourage the animals from returning.
We also recommend contacting Alison Maxwell, the local WildsafeBC Coordinator. Connect with her office at the Sunshine Coast Regional District by calling 604-885-6800.
WildSafe BC (Erin Heeney, Community Coordinator, Sunshine Coast/ 604-885-6800, ext. 6476/ firstname.lastname@example.org) is the provincial leader in preventing conflict with wildlife through collaboration, education and community solutions.
BC Conservation Foundation promotes and assists in the conservation of the fish and wildlife resources of BC through the protection, acquisition or enhancement of fish and wildlife habitat.
Conservation Officer Service is a public safety provider focused on natural resource law enforcement and human wildlife conflicts prevention and response.
BC Parks: Bear information and tips
Report a Violation to RAPP (Report all poachers and polluters)
With death cap mushrooms sprouting up in ever increasing numbers, the B.C. Centre for Disease Control has issued an advisory warning people to avoid picking urban mushrooms altogether, and to report any sightings of the deadly fungus. The death cap is the most poisonous mushroom in the world, containing toxins that damage the liver and kidneys. One death cap can be enough to kill an adult human.