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Urban wildlife control

Vancouver is home to a large range of wildlife.

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

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.

Report wildlife issues online

Use our app to report a coyote sighting, or dead or injured wildlife in Vancouver.

Reporting wildlife

Inside or outside your home

Situation Animal Contact
Invading your home you rent
  • Raccoons
  • Rabbits
  • Squirrels
  • Skunks
  1. Your landlord
  2. If your landlord does not deal with the problem, report it to City of Vancouver online
Invading your home you own
  • Raccoons
  • Rabbits
  • Squirrels
  • Skunks
An accredited pest control service (permits are needed to remove wildlife native to BC)
Causing problems outside but hasn't invaded your home
  • Bears
  • Cougars
  • Coyotes
Ministry of Environment
1-877-952-7277
Causing problems outside but hasn't invaded your home
  • Raccoons
  • Rabbits
  • Squirrels
An accredited pest control service (permits are needed to remove wildlife native to BC)

Kept as a pet

Situation Animal Contact
Animal designated as wildlife kept as pet
  • Venomous reptiles or amphibians
  • Bears
  • Foxes
  • Wolves
  • Cougars
  • Other prohibited animals
City of Vancouver
Report online

Dead, injured, in distress, or orphaned

Situation Animal Contact
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
Injured, in distress, or orphaned
  • Birds (except raptors)
  • Native reptiles and amphibians
  • Bats
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
604-946-3171
Injured, in distress, or orphaned
  • Seals
  • Otters
  • Whales
  • Dolphins
Marine Mammal Rehabilitation Centre
604-258-7325
or 604-735-4777 (emergency pager)

Aggressive or threatening

Coyotes

Stanley Park Ecology Society, 604-681-9453
Ministry of Environment, 1-877-952-7277

Bears, cougars, and deer

Ministry of Environment, 1-877-952-7277

Reporting other issues

Mistreatment of pets and farm animals

Situation Animal Contact
Being kept in a vehicle in hot weather
  • Pets
SPCA
1-855-622-7722
Being neglected or abused
  • Pets
  • Farm animals
SPCA
1-855-622-7722

Rats and mice

Handle any issues with rats and mice:

  • Yourself
  • Contact your landlord
  • Contact an accredited pest control service

Tips to get rid of rats and mice