Living with Wildlife in BC

“Living with Wildlife in BC” is a series of nine wildlife management guides for people working in the agricultural and natural resource sectors, as well as rural land owners.

  • Options for wildlife management, worker safety, and animal deterrents are provided for common species that can pose problems for people who work outdoors.
  • Many guides show how to complete wildlife conflict management plans.
  • Consult the “Conflict Reduction Guide” for wildlife deterrent management options and equipment suppliers.
  • Contact outreach@osca.org or zkirk@rdos.bc.ca for further help on wildlife management.

To report a conflict with wildlife that threatens public safety call 1-877-952-7277 to reach the provincial Conservation Officer Service.

Conflict Reduction Techniques

This 12 page guide provides management suggestions applicable to all wildlife. Topics such as design of buildings, attractant management, fencing options, wildlife gates, predator deterrents, bird deterrent options, worker safety supplies, and safety plans are covered. Links to further information and equipment suppliers are on the back page.
Conflict Management Guide

 

 

 

Black Bear

Black bears have learned to thrive in close proximity to humans and cultivated areas. Bear management options, worker safety, bear deterrents and equipment supplies are discussed. Consult the Conflict Reduction Guide for detailed information on fencing and other deterrents.
Bear Management Guide

 

 

 

Cougars

This elusive predator is increasingly coming into contact with humans as prey opportunities increase in urban and rural communities.
Cougar Management Guide

 

 

 

 

 

Coyotes and Wolves

Coyotes have adapted to human settlements and are attracted to some fruit crops but are mainly interested in domestic fowl and pets.
Coyote & Wolve Management Guide

 

 

 

 

 

Rodents 

Many rodents have no impact on crops while others cause significant damage. Proper identification is important for rodent management.

Rodent Management Guide

 

 

 

 

 

Snakes

There are ten species of snakes in British Columbia but only one is venomous. The rattlesnake is a shy snake that prefers to keep away from human activity. The management guide provides tips on working safely in snake country, identifying snakes, and if necessary--relocating snakes.
Snake Management Guide

 

 

 

European Starling

This European import is a major pest on cherries, blueberries and grapes. A variety of scare techniques as well as trapping helps to control the summer populations.
Starling Management Guide

 

 

 

 

Ungulates

Ungulates have traits and requirements that can place them in conflict with many types of agriculture and large land holder operations.

Ungulate Management Guide

 

 

 

Matrix

This overall poster describes each species, the times of year they are active, their main attractants and best deterrent methods. This poster is designed to be posted in areas where workers regularly travel and can refer to it.

Matrix

“The Living with Wildlife Guides are well researched and written. They are a valuable resource for information on wildlife conflict issues and I refer to them often.”

Micheal Badry, Manager Wildlife Conflict Branch, BC Ministry of Environment