Wildlife/Nature

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 BC
BC Conservation Foundation
Bear Aware Program
Ministry of Environment
Guide to coexisting with bears
Bear information and tips
Gardner’s Guide to preventing deer and elk damage
RAPP (Report all poachers and polluters)

Foraging:

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.

Death cap mushroom Brochure – Sept 2018
Risk advisory for cities re death caps