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BC SPCA’s Wild ARC is looking to recoup costs for injured shorebirds

sora bird wild arc
October 22, 2020

With the darker hours in the fall and winter season it’s common for the BC SPCA’s Wild Animals Rehabilitation Centre (Wild ARC) to treat injured wildlife patients, particularly birds and raptors, who have been hit by cars or who hit windows. Recently, Wild ARC admitted two uncommon bird species into care. A Virginia Rail was …

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BC SPCA urges drivers to use extra caution as daylight hours dwindle

September 23, 2020

The change of cooler weather heading into autumn typically signals an increase of owl patients at the BC SPCA’s Wild Animal Rehabilitation Centre (Wild ARC). The higher number of these night-time hunters needing care showcases how dangerous this time of year can be for nocturnal wildlife. Photo Credit: Brian Rundle This is a very risky time …

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BC SPCA announces winners of 2020 Wildlife-in-Focus photography contest

chipmunk eating
September 22, 2020

Amateur wildlife photographers in B.C. have once again made tough work for judges as the BC SPCA’s 12th 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 determined as a result of …

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Curbing the wildlife trade

Small mammals tied to strings at a market
September 22, 2020

The BC SPCA is concerned about the global wildlife trade and is part of a coalition in Canada working to stop the trade to address the spread of zoonotic diseases (disease transmitted from animals to humans), help prevent future pandemics and protect millions of wild animals worldwide from suffering. Wildlife markets The science is clear that …

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Co-existing with foxes in B.C.

Red fox in snow
September 22, 2020

Red foxes are found throughout Canada in all provinces, though absent in coastal B.C. Although very common, their shy and mostly nocturnal nature can make them hard to spot. Foxes are both cunning and cautious, capable of thriving in urban, suburban and rural areas. They play an important role in our ecosystems because small mammals, …

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Injured fledgling barn swallows serve as good reminder to public to refrain from caring for wildlife on their own

barn swallows wild arc
August 31, 2020

Five fledgling barn swallows were recently admitted to BC SPCA’s Wild Animal Rehabilitation Centre (Wild ARC) after a well-meaning member of the public had been caring for them for a week after he found their nest on the ground and believed them to be orphaned. “On arrival, one of the swallows was assessed as being …

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BC SPCA’s Wild ARC admits second river otter baby into its care

otter at wild arc
July 31, 2020

A young female river otter pup was recently found crying and wandering a beach in the Victoria area. Fortunately, a kind member of the public witnessed this distressing scene and recognized something was wrong. They quickly got in touch with staff at BC SPCA’s Wild Animal Rehabilitation Centre (Wild ARC) and together it was determined …

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BC SPCA sounds alarm on dangers of rodenticides for wildlife and pets

July 29, 2020

Every year hundreds of native wild animals are brought to wildlife rehabilitation centres in Canada suffering from the effects of poison. This poison was not meant for them, but was set out in bait boxes at homes, parks, and buildings across communities to attract rodents. The full scale of the problem is unknown since most …

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