Co-existing with wildlife
Wild neighbours like raccoons, skunks, squirrels and other animals have learned to live in our towns and cities. Human-wildlife conflicts have become more common as urban development spreads to natural habitats.
The BC SPCA encourages respect for our wild neighbours. Read the resources below or contact our Provincial Call Centre for advice on non-lethal methods of solving these occasional conflicts, at 1-855-622-7722.
Read the BC SPCA’s wildlife control best practices for (PDFs):
bats, beavers, birds, geese and swans, pigeons, starlings, frogs and toads, mice and rats, moles and voles, mustelids, rabbits, raccoons, skunks, snakes, squirrels, turtles
The most effective and humane way to solve wildlife problems is to prevent them before they happen. Take steps to wildlife-proof your home:
- Don’t feed wildlife: Secure your garbage, keep people and pet food indoors, clean up fallen fruit and spilled birdseed
- Prevent entry: Seal entrances and gaps to houses, sheds, barns and under porches
- Keep clean: Tidy up messes and spills, outdoor waste and materials to prevent denning or nesting
For more information, download an educational brochure:
Don’t feed the animals – keep wildlife healthy and wild (PDF)
Keep pets and wildlife safe and healthy (PDF)
Trapping and relocating wildlife is not a permanent or humane solution. Animals often injure themselves and may die trying to escape a trap. Relocated animals have to set up a new home, and may starve trying to find food or get into fights with other animals over territory.
When you trap animals, you also risk separating a mother from her babies. Even if you move an entire family, a mother may abandon her young due to pressure to find food and care for the babies.
If you have to remove an animal, call an AnimalKind™ wildlife control operator that uses exclusion techniques instead of trapping/relocating or killing.