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News Category: Wildlife

Electrified raccoon trap highlights dangers of “DIY pest control”

A dangerous home-made raccoon trap
November 22, 2018

On November 15, the BC SPCA Animal Helpline received a call from a member of the public in the Arbutus Ridge area of Vancouver, who found a raccoon trapped inside a home-made electrified cage trap. The caller heard the young raccoon crying throughout the night and found the raccoon trapped in a modified cat trap …

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Wild ARC roof is now ready to keep wild patients warm

November 8, 2018

Thanks to the generosity of people right across the province, work on the Wild Animal Rehabilitation Centre (Wild ARC) roof is complete, well in advance of the colder winter weather. “We were amazed at the outpouring of generosity, with so many people wanting to help,” says Meg Hatch, assistant manager, Wild ARC. “We got off …

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Got the cold weather blues? Wild animals do too!

November 1, 2018

As the temperatures plummet and the wind grows icy, we sometimes wonder how we’ll ever survive until spring! The winter months pose many challenges not only for companion and farm animals, but for wildlife as well. Luckily they – just like us – have developed strategies and adaptations to help them make it through the chilly …

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Bear family, bathing hummingbird among winners in BC SPCA’s 10th annual Wildlife Photography Contest

October 12, 2018

Amateur wildlife photographers in B.C. have once again made tough work for judges as the BC SPCA’s 10th annual Wildlife-In-Focus photography contest winners are announced. In addition, there were a number of incredible honourable mentions that celebrate the beauty in B.C.’s wild and urban environments. The People’s Choice Award was also determined as a result …

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Exotic pets on the loose

September 25, 2018

When it comes to exotic pets, many people are simply unaware of what they’re getting into when they bring home that cool-looking snake with the striking markings or that adorable baby turtle the size of a loonie. The novelty soon wears off, and the reality of the responsibility sets in. Perhaps the cool-looking snake is …

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Keep wild neighbours at bay by being bear-aware

September 24, 2018

Fall is here and, around the province, bears are fattening up in preparation for hibernation. “Bears can almost double their weight in a matter of weeks,” says Meghann Cant, BC SPCA animal welfare educator. “They need to rapidly build up their fat reserves in order to survive the winter.” Finding enough food, however, could prove …

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