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News Category: Wildlife

Five easy actions to take for Earth Day

April 17, 2019

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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Blind as a bat? Top five bat myths busted!

April 16, 2019

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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Caw-fully close! Understanding crow nesting season

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April 2, 2019

Clever and charismatic, crows are a common neighbourhood resident in urban and suburban areas in B.C. While typically spotted hopping along grassy boulevards in search of tasty morsels, or perched high in trees calling to their flock-mates, baby season can bring out an unexpected side to these familiar faces. The sudden onset of crows scolding, …

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BC SPCA’s AnimalKind accreditation wins “Outstanding Organization” Clements Award

April 1, 2019

On March 30, the BC SPCA received a Clements Award for “Outstanding Organization” for our AnimalKind accreditation program for pest control companies. AnimalKind also accredits dog training businesses. The Clements Awards were created by The Fur-Bearers, one of Canada’s oldest wildlife protection organizations, to acknowledge individuals and organizations who have contributed to the welfare of …

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Beloved feline friend or bird-murderer? Co-existence with birds and cats

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March 25, 2019

In North America, domestic cats kill hundreds of millions of wild birds and mammals each year. But with a few simple changes, it is possible for cats and birds to co-exist! Did you know that even a small scratch from a cat will likely kill a bird? Cats have bacteria in their mouths that is …

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Do fish have feelings?

March 25, 2019

Fish play diverse and significant roles in our society. Several hundred billion are farmed and caught for food each year around the world. Here in Canada, they are the third most popular pet after cats and dogs, and the third most common research model after mice and birds. Each year, nearly 20 million are caught …

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SPCA applauds Park Board decision to consider AnimalKind pest control standards

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March 12, 2019

The BC SPCA applauds the Vancouver Park Board’s decision to review its pest control management strategies for wildlife and rodents at the city’s parks and recreational facilities. The motion (PDF) was brought forward by Commissioner Stuart Mackinnon and passed unanimously at the Board meeting on March 11. Park Board staff will also assess if it …

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