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News Category: Wildlife

Keeping the coast clear

June 4, 2018

“To a sea turtle, a plastic bag suspended in the water looks an awful lot like a jellyfish floating along,” says Meghann Cant, animal welfare educator for the BC SPCA. “One wrong gulp could cost the turtle his life.” In fact, plastic bags are second only to lost or abandoned fishing gear for harming wildlife. …

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Wildlife-friendly Garden Tour co-hosted by BC SPCA’s Wild ARC and the Urban Wildlife Stewardship Society

Bee on yellow flower
May 29, 2018

Have you ever wanted to learn how to grow a wildlife-friendly garden? Or wondered what plants will encourage birds to visit and which are deer-resistant? On June 17, join the BC SPCA’s Wild Animal Rehabilitation (ARC) and the Urban Wildlife Stewardship Society (UWSS)  Father’s Day Garden Party Tour to learn how to co-exist with nature …

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Did you know B.C.’s wildlife is at risk? Share your ideas for helping at-risk species

May 28, 2018

The BC government is asking the public to voice their thoughts on a new law that would aim to keep wild animals from going extinct. British Columbia is Canada’s most biologically diverse province, with more species at risk than any other province in Canada. BC currently has no stand-alone endangered species legislation, meaning hundreds of …

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Senate considering Bill S-203 that honours the sentience of cetaceans

May 23, 2018

The BC SPCA is pleased to demonstrate full support for a bill that is due for third reading in the next two weeks. Bill S-203, also known as the Ending the Captivity of Whales and Dolphins Act, would make it illegal to capture, breed or move cetaceans with the intent of putting them in captivity …

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Gardening with deer – Tips and tricks for enjoying your garden and the deer

May 22, 2018

Gardening in deer territory certainly has its challenges but with a little patience and strategic planning, you can have a deer friendly, beautiful garden. Below are three strategies to keep in mind when gardening with deer. Keep in mind that besides fencing out deer completely, no garden will ever be completely deer proof but using …

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Orphaned otter trio released back into the wild

May 2, 2018

Do you remember orphaned otters Lady, Cowby and Piers? Named for where they were found (Ladysmith, Cowichan Bay and Piers Island), the trio was finally ready to be released back into the wild. Video filmed and edited by Maude Rivard-Haustrate Kelly Letendre, an air traffic controller who works in the tower at Vancouver International Airport, …

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Five easy actions to take for Earth Day

March 19, 2018

A gull tangled in discarded fishing line, unable to fly. A skunk stuck in a plastic jar, slowly starving to death. “These are not just theoretical examples,” says Meghann Cant, BC SPCA animal welfare educator. “These are the sorts of distressing cases that wildlife rehabilitation centres see all the time.” The sad reality is, whether …

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