Wildlife

We believe in peacefully co-existing with our urban wildlife, from squirrels to coyotes. Larger animals, such as bears and cougars, are rare in New Westminster, but they can still travel through parts of our city occasionally. Generally speaking, Animal Services Officers do not intervene with wildlife. We have compiled some tips and resources for your convenience.

  • Eliminate Food Sources

    This is the number one rule to prevent unwanted wildlife from hanging around your home. Do not actively put out feed for wildlife, and also eliminate attractants like pet food/water dishes, fish ponds, spillage from bird feeders, fruit trees, uncovered compost bins, and unsecured garbage or food waste bins.

    Prevent Their Entry

    It’s much more complicated to deal with wildlife if they’ve taken up residence than it is to stop them from coming inside at all. Carefully look at your home and outbuildings to ensure that there are no holes or gaps for wildlife to enter when they’re seeking shelter or a nesting place. Also be sure to block potential den areas such as under a deck.

    Tidy Up Your Yard

    Eliminate wildlife hiding places, such as wood piles, brush, and overgrown shrubbery. During the off-season, store patio furniture cushions inside so raccoons do not use them as a cozy bed.

    Be a Presence

    If you see wildlife in your yard and you need to get by them, alert them to your presence by calling out or clapping your hands. Most wildlife will scurry away as they want nothing to do with humans. If they don’t move on, avoid inadvertently cornering them so they don’t feel the need to become defensive.

    If you are dealing with wildlife on your property, such as raccoons in your attic or skunks under your shed, we suggest that you review BC SPCA’s AnimalKind accreditation program for wildlife companies, which helps ensure they are following humane practices. 

     

  • Animal Services Officers do not attend to concerns of nuisance or aggressive wild animal issues. 

    Coyote Safety Information

    Wildlife posing a risk to public safety: BC Conservation Office 

  • If you find an orphaned or injured wild animal, please contact one of the organizations below. If they are unable to help, please contact us at 604-519-2008.