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 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
1-855-622-7722

Being neglected or abused

  • Pet animals
  • Farm animals

SPCA
1-855-622-7722

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
Report online

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 call 3-1-1.

Injured, in distress, or orphaned
  • Birds
    (except raptors, reptiles, and amphibians)

Wildlife Rescue Association
604-526-7275
(7 days a week, 10am to 4pm)

Injured, in distress, or orphaned
  • Small mammals

Critter Care
604-530-2064

Injured, in distress, or orphaned
  • Raptors
    (eagles, hawks, and owls)

Orphan Wildlife Rehabilitation
24 hour emergency
604-946-3131

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