Urban wildlife control

Report wildlife issues online

Use our app to report wildlife issues in Vancouver.

Vancouver is home to a large range of wildlife – everything from coyotes, eagles, and dolphins to deer, raccoons, and skunks.

The City is not legally responsible for wildlife, though the Parks Control Bylaw prohibits feeding wildlife within parks.

Get help with urban wildlife situations

We work with agencies and levels of government to deal with many wildlife issues within City boundaries, including Musqueam Lands – but not UBC and the University Endowment Lands.

Find your situation and the animal involved, below, and contact the organization listed for help.

Situation    

Aggressive or threatening behaviour

  • Coyotes

Stanley Park Ecology Society
604-681-9453

Ministry of Environment
1-877-952-7277

Aggressive or threatening behaviour

  • Bears
  • Cougars
  • Deer

Ministry of Environment
1-877-952-7277

Being fed by a person

  • Pigeons
  • Other birds

City of Vancouver
3-1-1

Being kept as a pet

  • Venomous reptiles or amphibians
  • Bears
  • Foxes
  • Wolves
  • Cougars
  • Other prohibited animals

City of Vancouver
3-1-1

Being kept in a vehicle in hot weather

  • Pet animals

SPCA
604-879-7721

Being neglected or abused

  • Pet animals
  • Farm animals

SPCA
604-879-7721

Causing problems outside, but has not invaded your home

  • Bears
  • Cougars
  • Coyotes 

Ministry of Environment
1-877-952-7277

Causing problems outside, but has not invaded your home 

  • Raccoons
  • Rabbits
  • Squirrels 

An accredited pest control service 

(Permits are needed to remove wildlife that is native to BC.)

Dead

  • Seals
  • Otters
  • Whales
  • Dolphins
  • Raccoons
  • Rabbits
  • Squirrels
  • Skunks

City of Vancouver
3-1-1

Dead or injured

  • Bears
  • Cougars
  • Deer

Ministry of Environment
1-877-952-7277

Invading your home that you own

  • Raccoons
  • Rabbits
  • Squirrels
  • Skunks

An accredited pest control service

(Permits are needed to remove wildlife that is native to BC.)

Invading your home that you rent

  • Raccoons
  • Rabbits
  • Squirrels
  • Skunks

Your landlord

If they do not deal with the problem, then call 3-1-1.

Injured, in distress, or orphaned

  • Seals
  • Otters
  • Whales
  • Dolphins

Marine Mammal Rehabilitation Centre
604-258-7325
or 604-735-4777 (emergency pager)

All situations

  • Rats
  • Mice

Yourself

Your landlord

An accredited pest control service

Find out how to get rid of rats and mice

Urban wildlife resources

The City of Vancouver deals with many wildlife issues within its boundaries, and works with other government departments and agencies on wildlife concerns.

Other governmental organizations

Canadian Wildlife Service of Environment Canada

Fish and Wildlife branch of Ministry of Environment 

Fisheries and Oceans branch of Environment Canada 

Legislation

Species At Risk Act

Wildlife Act 

Local animal rescue societies

There are many non-profit organizations in the Vancouver area which care for certain categories of wildlife.

Critter Care Wildlife Society

Marine Mammal Rescue Centre (Vancouver Aquarium)

Orphaned Wildlife Rehabilitation Society (OWL)

South Coast Bat Action Team

SPCA (Vancouver Branch)

Stanley Park Ecology Society 

Wild Animal Rehabilitation Centre (WILDARC) (SPCA)

Wildlife Rescue Association 

Report wildlife issues online