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News Category: Wildlife

Vancouver man wins rare chance to see otter trio released back into the wild

November 2, 2017

A Vancouver man was otterly surprised to hear he’d won the chance to join BC SPCA’s Wild Animal Rehabilitation Centre (ARC) team when they release a trio of orphaned otters back into the wild next April. As a part of the campaign, anyone could enter for the chance to be there when the otters are …

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BC SPCA urges British Columbians to speak out against grizzly bear hunt

October 16, 2017

The BC SPCA is urging British Columbians to speak out against grizzly bear hunting across the province. The public has until Nov. 2 to provide input to the B.C. government on two policy documents outlining proposed changes to the grizzly bear hunt. “This summer the B.C. government announced it will end all hunting of grizzly …

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Baby raccoons and ‘air guitar seal’ among winners in annual photography contest

October 12, 2017

From a seal who looks like he’s rocking an air guitar riff to curious backyard raccoons, amateur wildlife photographers in B.C. have once again made tough work for judges as the BC SPCA’s ninth annual Wildlife-In-Focus photography contest winners are announced. Participants competed in two categories: Backyard Habitats, in order to highlight our special relationship …

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Island photographer’s image posthumously honoured

October 6, 2017

He never found out that his wife had entered one of his favourite photos into the BC SPCA’s annual Wildlife-In-Focus photography contest. He passed away two weeks before the contest closed and the 52 People’s Choice winners were determined. So it’s especially meaningful for John Elves’ family – wife Peggy, son Peter, daughter Elizabeth and …

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Blind as a bat? Top five bat myths busted!

September 25, 2017

Clever. Affectionate. Helpful. Vulnerable. Not many people use these words to describe bats. Creepy, ugly, scary or dangerous are far more likely choices – and yet, bats truly are intelligent, sensitive creatures. They perform valuable ecosystem services as pollinators, seed dispersers and insect predators. “Bats are among the most misunderstood animals in the world,” says …

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Beloved songster rescued: Wild ARC admits 40,000th patient after two decades

September 12, 2017

When the BC SPCA’s Wild Animal Rehabilitation Centre (ARC) rescued a Swainson’s Thrush this past week, the shy and secretive songbird could not have known it was the 40,000th wild patient treated by the facility, which celebrated its 20th anniversary this summer. Now, the Swainson’s Thrush is the face of thousands of wild animals the …

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