​How to live with urban wildlife
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Urban wildlife

Coexisting with wildlife

Wild neighbours like raccoons, skunks, squirrels and other animals have learned to live in our towns and cities. Human-wildlife conflicts have become more common as urban development spreads to natural habitats.

The BC SPCA encourages respect for our wild neighbours. Read the resources below or contact our Animal Helpline at 1-855-622-7722 for advice on non-lethal methods of solving these occasional conflicts. If you need professional help for removing wildlife from your home, call an AnimalKind company.

Read the BC SPCA’s wildlife control best practices for (PDFs):
bats, beavers, birds (see also: crows, geese and swans, gulls, pigeons, starlings), bullfrogs and green frogs, marmots, mice and rats, moles and voles, rabbits, raccoonsriver otter and mink, skunks, snakes, grey squirrels, turtles

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Two skunks on stone blocks
Photo by Liron Gertsman

Meet our backyard neighbours:

Raccoon on top of seed bird feederRaccoons

Learn how to prevent problems with raccoons or encourage them to move along.


Three grey squirrels on brick chimneySquirrels

Learn more about the species of squirrels in B.C. and how to tell them apart.



Learn more about skunks, and how to prevent a “smelly” encounter.



Learn more about coexisting with coyotes, even in our biggest cities.


BearsBlack bear mom and cub on rail tracks

Learn more about living alongside bears in B.C., and how to be “bear aware”.



Learn more about urban deer, and how to humanely manage problems with deer.


Mice and ratsCute wild mouse in red bucket

Learn more about humane rodent control, and options for preventing rodents in your home.


Marmot on a rock up closeMarmots

Learn more about the four species of marmot in B.C. and how to coexist with them.


Red fox in snowFoxes

Learn more about coexisting with foxes in B.C. in urban and rural areas.


Rabbits and haresBC SPCA Rabbit

Learn more about the differences between rabbits and hares, and how to tell wild and domestic rabbits apart.

Prevent wildlife conflicts

The most effective and humane way to solve wildlife problems is to prevent them before they happen. Take steps to wildlife-proof your home:

  • Don’t feed wildlife: Secure your garbage, keep people and pet food indoors, clean up fallen fruit and spilled birdseed
  • Prevent entry: Seal entrances and gaps to houses, sheds, barns and under porches
  • Keep clean: Tidy up messes and spills, outdoor waste and materials to prevent denning or nesting

For more information, download an educational brochure:
Don’t feed the animals – keep wildlife healthy and wild (PDF)
Keep pets and wildlife safe and healthy (PDF)


7 questions to ask before wildlife control


Trapping is not the solution

Trapping and relocating wildlife is not a permanent or humane solution. Animals often injure themselves and may die trying to escape a trap. Relocated animals have to set up a new home, and may starve trying to find food or get into fights with other animals over territory.

When you trap animals, you also risk separating a mother from her babies. Even if you move an entire family, a mother may abandon her young due to pressure to find food and care for the babies.

If you have to remove an animal, call an AnimalKind company that uses exclusion techniques instead of trapping/relocating or killing.


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Young wild black bear wet from water eating grass
Photo credit: Jeremy Leete