Wildlife

Outrigger canoe paddlers glide toward one of two humpback whales observed in the waters off Ogden Point in Victoria on Saturday (Nov. 27). (Photo by Amanda Jean Carl)

‘Experience of a lifetime:’ Career oceanographer’s humpback sighting off Victoria

Water surprisingly calm when whales surfaced near Ogden Point, paddler says

 

A female raccoon dragging a leg trap is sedated for examination at the Wild Animal Rehabilitation Centre in Metchosin. It was later put down. (Courtesy Wild ARC)

Raccoon drags leg trap around for days, dies at B.C. wild animal rehab centre

Animal had crushed front leg, was beyond rehabilitation

 

Rodenticide-laced grain, coloured so humans can tell the difference, was found scattered underneath a rodent bait box at a Ministry of Environment office near where a great horned owl was found dead. (Photo courtesy of Deanna Pfeifer)

Advocate wants rodenticide ban after dead bird found outside Victoria MOE office

Raptors continue to be poisoned by consuming rodents that have eaten poison-laced bait

 

A great blue heron in Campbell River. Photo by Sean Feagan / Campbell River Mirror.

City considering changes to steep slope, wildlife tree development rules

Survey on changes underway, public engagement meeting on Nov. 24

A great blue heron in Campbell River. Photo by Sean Feagan / Campbell River Mirror.
A wild caribou roams the tundra near The Meadowbank Gold Mine located in the Nunavut Territory of Canada on March 25, 2009. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

Quebec builds fences around caribou as experts decry lack of habitat protection

Biologist said enclosing animals, killing predators is a last ditch attempt to save species

A wild caribou roams the tundra near The Meadowbank Gold Mine located in the Nunavut Territory of Canada on March 25, 2009. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
A Steller’s sea eagle is shown in this recent handout photo taken through a telescope near Falmouth, N.S. A rare eagle that is a long, long way from home in Nova Scotia has birdwatchers in this part of the world both flummoxed and spellbound. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO, Phil Taylor

Rare eagle sighting in Atlantic Canada like palm tree in the tundra, expert says

The Steller’s sea eagle is classified as vulnerable by the International Union for Conservation of Nature

A Steller’s sea eagle is shown in this recent handout photo taken through a telescope near Falmouth, N.S. A rare eagle that is a long, long way from home in Nova Scotia has birdwatchers in this part of the world both flummoxed and spellbound. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO, Phil Taylor
The fawn mule deer that was injured by an unleashed dog in Kuiper’s Peak Mountain Park on Nov. 7. (Contributed)

Unleashed dog attack on deer in Kelowna park leads to charges against owner

Conservation officers had to euthanize the injured deer

The fawn mule deer that was injured by an unleashed dog in Kuiper’s Peak Mountain Park on Nov. 7. (Contributed)
Three dead mule deer were found near Castlegar. Black Press file photo
Three dead mule deer were found near Castlegar. Black Press file photo
FILE - This May 20, 2019, file photo shows a Mexican gray wolf. Research by scientists, to be showcased Friday in a CBC documentary, explores how the pandemic has affected the behaviour of wolves and several other animals. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson, File)

Canadian doc ‘Nature’s Big Year’ shows how wildlife has adapted during the pandemic

Documentary exposes new animal behaviour sparked by changes in human behaviour

FILE - This May 20, 2019, file photo shows a Mexican gray wolf. Research by scientists, to be showcased Friday in a CBC documentary, explores how the pandemic has affected the behaviour of wolves and several other animals. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson, File)
An Anna’s hummingbird in care at the Wild Animal Rehabilitation Centre in Metchosin this spring. (Courtesy Wild ARC)

If the feeder’s out, you’re committed: hummingbird care in a B.C. winter

B.C. biologist floats tips to keeping hummingbirds fed, safe this season

An Anna’s hummingbird in care at the Wild Animal Rehabilitation Centre in Metchosin this spring. (Courtesy Wild ARC)
A Washington State Department of Agriculture worker holds two of the dozens of Asian giant hornets vacuumed from a tree in Blaine, Wash., on October 24, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, Elaine Thompson

B.C. murder hornet remains believed connected with recent Washington infestation

Expert: good chance specimen related to previous find, meaning reduced cause for concern

A Washington State Department of Agriculture worker holds two of the dozens of Asian giant hornets vacuumed from a tree in Blaine, Wash., on October 24, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, Elaine Thompson
The spawning season lasts from late October to early December. Black Press Media file photo

Where to see spawning salmon on Vancouver Island this year

The top spots for fall fish viewing, from Goldstream to Campbell River

The spawning season lasts from late October to early December. Black Press Media file photo
An adult male black bear was killed after breaking into a garage in Ucluelet on Monday, Oct. 25. (Westerly file photo)

Another bear killed in Ucluelet as ‘horrible year’ continues

11 bears killed in Tofino-Ucluelet region so far this year

An adult male black bear was killed after breaking into a garage in Ucluelet on Monday, Oct. 25. (Westerly file photo)
A pair of Great Horn owlets pose majestically on their way to a rehabilitation centre outside the Boundary. Photo: Submitted

Man fined for keeping baby owls in his B.C. home

Investigating Conservation Officer says the man had the birds for two months

A pair of Great Horn owlets pose majestically on their way to a rehabilitation centre outside the Boundary. Photo: Submitted
Bear breaks into Edgewood home. (Contributed/Kyle Storie)

Bold bear breaks into West Kootenay family home

The bear was caught, taken away and destroyed by Conservation Officers

Bear breaks into Edgewood home. (Contributed/Kyle Storie)
Residents are encouraged to take precautions at this time of year around male deer, which can be unpredictable during rutting season. (Black Press Media file photo)

Vancouver Island bucks less wary, more daring as they focus on procreation

Deer populations ready to rut across the Island, human populations should be wary

Residents are encouraged to take precautions at this time of year around male deer, which can be unpredictable during rutting season. (Black Press Media file photo)
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

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)
Lance Petty captured this bull elk grazing in a clearing north of Campbell River. Lance Petty video still

VIDEO: Roosevelt elk bull grazes in clearing north of Campbell River

Later he joins a herd of elk cows and bugling can be heard

Lance Petty captured this bull elk grazing in a clearing north of Campbell River. Lance Petty video still
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