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News Category: Wildlife

Deadline for public feedback on proposed grizzly bear and wolf hunting in B.C. extended

January 11, 2016

Due to technical difficulties with the government website, B.C.’s provincial government has extended the deadline for public feedback and comments on proposed changes to the 2016-2018 Hunting and Trapping Regulations to Jan. 31, 2016. The proposed changes would remove any closed season for wolf hunting and remove the former bag limit of three per year, …

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Twenty per cent patient increase highlights critical need for BC SPCA’s Wild ARC

December 31, 2015

The past year proved to be a record-breaker for rehabilitation centres across the province, and the BC SPCA’s Wild Animal Rehabilitation Centre (ARC) was no exception. Admitting 20 per cent more patients during 2015 than in 2014 (a previous peak year with 2,508 patients), the centre has nearly doubled the number of animals they admitted …

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Birds Take a Big Hit from Window Collisions

June 19, 2015

Each year, wildlife rehabilitation centres across the province admit many avian patients suffering from head trauma, fractures, and bruises from colliding with windows. Tiny hummingbirds, migratory songbirds of all shapes and sizes, and raptors such as hawks and owls, are all common victims of window collisions. While occasionally birds who have hit a window are …

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Bee kind: Plant a bee-friendly garden this summer

June 11, 2015

British Columbians are encouraged to plant bee-friendly plants and flowers in their backyards and flower boxes this month. This will not only make their gardens flourish, but also help combat a growing global concern – diminishing bee colonies. Bees are responsible for pollinating 30 per cent of the world’s crops and 90 per cent of …

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Leave the wildlife alone: Baby seals are a part of busy B.C. beach season

June 1, 2015

Humans aren’t the only ones who like the beach. A popular summertime destination, B.C.’s sandy shorelines are also attractive to local wildlife, like harbour seals. Starting in June, beaches all along the coast are transformed into harbour seal nurseries, as female seals come ashore to give birth, nurse and protect their young. Seal pup season …

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Go wild for Million Acts

February 24, 2015

Launched by the BC SPCA last month, the Million Acts of Kindness campaign is gaining momentum, inspiring thousands of acts of kindness across the province. “We would like to encourage all wildlife lovers to join the movement too,” says Meghann Cant, BC SPCA animal welfare educator. “Your actions can help protect the environment and prevent …

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BC SPCA reiterates concerns about deer cull in meeting with Oak Bay staff

February 19, 2015

Dr. Sara Dubois, a wildlife expert and chief scientific officer for the BC SPCA, met Wednesday with Oak Bay and Capital Regional District (CRD) staff to reiterate the animal welfare society’s concerns about the District’s deer cull and to ensure that both the District and the contractor hired to carry out the cull are aware …

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Tortoise found in Burnaby shows why owning exotic pets is not a good idea

September 5, 2014

Slow and steady may win the race when it’s a tale of tortoise vs. hare, but when it comes to owning exotic pets who aren’t native to B.C., there are no winners. Eddie, an African spurred tortoise recently found near Simon Fraser University, came into the care of the Burnaby SPCA when a Good Samaritan …

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