Wildlife

A cluster of brown bats in Canoe Creek near Nanaimo exhibit white-nose syndrome, a deadly fungus. BatWeek in Greater Victoria aims to appreciate and educate the community about bats, Oct. 24 to 31. (Photo courtesy of Habitat Acquisition Trust)

BatWeek in Greater Victoria spreads education about tiny flying mammals

Habitat Acquisition Trust aims to bust bat myths, spread education, encourage stewardship

 

Rebeka Breder, animal law lawyer and legal counsel for Pacific Wild, speaks with her daughter outside the B.C. legislature building about the ongoing suit against B.C.’s wolf hunting practices. (Kiernan Green/News Staff)

Half a million people petition B.C. to end wolf hunt practices

Case will resume in B.C. Supreme Court later this month

 

A screenshot from a YouTube video posted on Sept. 27 of a man killing a cougar to protect his dog. (YouTube/MCQMX Moto for BC)

VIDEO: Kelowna man recounts watching man kill cougar with machete to protect his dog

Man captures cougar attacking dog on camera; dog’s condition unknown

A screenshot from a YouTube video posted on Sept. 27 of a man killing a cougar to protect his dog. (YouTube/MCQMX Moto for BC)
A sign warning people not to feed wildlife is seen at Stanley Park after numerous people have been attacked by coyotes, in Vancouver, on Thursday, Sept. 2, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Unanimous approval for ban on feeding any wild animals in Vancouver parks

Commissioners support a sliding scale that would include higher fines for repeat offences

A sign warning people not to feed wildlife is seen at Stanley Park after numerous people have been attacked by coyotes, in Vancouver, on Thursday, Sept. 2, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
A sign warning people not to feed wildlife is seen at Stanley Park after numerous people were attacked by coyotes, in Vancouver, on Thursday, Sept. 2, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Vancouver Park Board considers ban on feeding any wild animal, bird, in city parks

Fine of $500 possible for feeding wild pigeons, crows, geese, squirrels, raccoons and coyotes

A sign warning people not to feed wildlife is seen at Stanley Park after numerous people were attacked by coyotes, in Vancouver, on Thursday, Sept. 2, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Small mammals, such as red squirrels, were the topic of discussion during Wild Wise Sooke’s successful summer program this year. (File - Sooke News Mirror)

Wild Wise Sooke program all about critters

Summer classes a big success

Small mammals, such as red squirrels, were the topic of discussion during Wild Wise Sooke’s successful summer program this year. (File - Sooke News Mirror)
Members of the black-tailed deer family appear to be most severely affected by adenovirus hemorrhagic disease. (Photo - Veronika Andrews)

Fast-spreading disease baffles wildlife experts

‘Hundreds’ of deer dropping dead on Vancouver Island

Members of the black-tailed deer family appear to be most severely affected by adenovirus hemorrhagic disease. (Photo - Veronika Andrews)
A deer, sporting ear tags, crosses Beach Drive across from the Victoria Golf Club in Oak Bay. (Don Denton/Black Press Media)

Plant-based diets of deer, rabbits makes their poop fair game in garden compost

Nutrient-rich feces can work safely as fertilizer, say wildlife veternarians

A deer, sporting ear tags, crosses Beach Drive across from the Victoria Golf Club in Oak Bay. (Don Denton/Black Press Media)
A mountain goat stands on Sheep Mountain in the backcountry of Juneau, Alaska, on Thursday, Aug. 27, 2020. The goat was among four grazing on the mountain. (AP Photo/Becky Bohrer)

Prey beats predator as mountain goat fatally gores grizzly bear in B.C. park

Yoho National Park officials say goat killing bear is a rarity in wild

A mountain goat stands on Sheep Mountain in the backcountry of Juneau, Alaska, on Thursday, Aug. 27, 2020. The goat was among four grazing on the mountain. (AP Photo/Becky Bohrer)
A radio transmitter is inserted into a little brown bat in an abandoned mine in Rosendale, N.Y., Jan. 27, 2009. A fungus that is destroying bat populations in eastern North America has made its first appearance on the Canadian Prairies. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Mike Groll

Fungus that’s killed millions of bats found for the first time in Saskatchewan

White-nose syndrome is killing bats during winter hibernation

A radio transmitter is inserted into a little brown bat in an abandoned mine in Rosendale, N.Y., Jan. 27, 2009. A fungus that is destroying bat populations in eastern North America has made its first appearance on the Canadian Prairies. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Mike Groll
Boo the bear is a popular summer attraction at Kicking Horse Mountain Resort, and can sometimes be viewed from the gondola during spring skiing when he awakes from his den from the winter. While he cannot be released to the wild, he's helped 31 grizzly cubs enter rehabilitation programs based on observations and research from the grizzly refuge. (Claire Palmer photo)

Boo, a Golden-area grizzly bear, becomes internet celebrity after viral feeding on Tik Tok

When Boo isn’t busy being a Tik Tok influencer, he’s at the centre of a grizzly rehabilitation project

Boo the bear is a popular summer attraction at Kicking Horse Mountain Resort, and can sometimes be viewed from the gondola during spring skiing when he awakes from his den from the winter. While he cannot be released to the wild, he's helped 31 grizzly cubs enter rehabilitation programs based on observations and research from the grizzly refuge. (Claire Palmer photo)
A baby mink is in the care of the Wild Animal Rehabilitation Centre (Wild ARC) in Metchosin after being found alone and in distress. (Courtesy of Wild ARC)

Baby mink taken in by Greater Victoria wildlife rehab centre

Furry creature found alone, distressed, paired with another orphan for transition back to wild

A baby mink is in the care of the Wild Animal Rehabilitation Centre (Wild ARC) in Metchosin after being found alone and in distress. (Courtesy of Wild ARC)
A Bigg’s killer whale seemingly defies gravity in the waters near Victoria. Photo by Paul Pudwell / Sooke Coastal Explorations
A Bigg’s killer whale seemingly defies gravity in the waters near Victoria. Photo by Paul Pudwell / Sooke Coastal Explorations
Bear sightings and reports increase in Saanich during the fall season, say Saanich police. (Photo by Nancy Sefton)

Saanich police remind residents to secure food waste after another bear sighting on Hector Road

Autumn sightings, reports more common since there is more food for bears to snack on, police say

Bear sightings and reports increase in Saanich during the fall season, say Saanich police. (Photo by Nancy Sefton)
The juvenile female cougar that was euthanized in Port Alice. (Denise Roberge Facebook photo)

Young cougar euthanized in Port Alice after killing small dog

Multiple reports led conservation officers to conclude the animal was not just passing through

The juvenile female cougar that was euthanized in Port Alice. (Denise Roberge Facebook photo)
Video footage captures a bear mock charging a man in Rossland in early September 2021. (jdthegeneral/Instagram)

Grizzly bear bluff charges man in Kootenay town

Rossland-Trail WildSafeBC reports the grizzly interaction occurred on Railway Avenue, Sept. 2

Video footage captures a bear mock charging a man in Rossland in early September 2021. (jdthegeneral/Instagram)
Beowulf, Saanich Mayor Fred Haynes’ dog, enjoys the water on their Prospect Lake property. The shoreline between the land and the water has been maintained in an effort to merge with nature. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)

Mayor’s home serves as example of shoreline protection in Saanich

Consultations give guidance to those considering building near sensitive ecosystems

Beowulf, Saanich Mayor Fred Haynes’ dog, enjoys the water on their Prospect Lake property. The shoreline between the land and the water has been maintained in an effort to merge with nature. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)
River otters often thrive in the salty ocean waters along the Victoria shore (Ella Smiley).

VIDEO: Wrestling river otters draw a crowd at Ogden Point

You otter check out these adorable mammals!

River otters often thrive in the salty ocean waters along the Victoria shore (Ella Smiley).
Jamie Purcell posted home surveillance footage of a large, muscular cat as it effortlessly clears the gate of Purcell’s home in the area of 240th Street and 55th Avenue around 6 p.m. on Aug. 29, 2021. (Jamie Purcell/Special to Langley Advance Times)

VIDEO: Homeowner not concerned after cougar spotted jumping gate of B.C. home

Jamie Purcell shared the home surveillance footage on Aug. 29

Jamie Purcell posted home surveillance footage of a large, muscular cat as it effortlessly clears the gate of Purcell’s home in the area of 240th Street and 55th Avenue around 6 p.m. on Aug. 29, 2021. (Jamie Purcell/Special to Langley Advance Times)