Common Vancouver wildlife
In Vancouver, "wildlife" is defined as all amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals, both native and not native to the province, excluding any domesticated animal under the control of a human. That includes a huge range of species, including:
- Almost 500 species of birds (including pigeons, geese, and seagulls)
- More than 140 species of mammals (including squirrels, raccoons, and rabbits)
- Dozens of species of reptiles and amphibians
- More than 400 species of fish (including both freshwater and saltwater)
What about ‘problem’ animals?
Some species are not protected by legislation. Some animals who are nuisances can be addressed humanely by using private pest control companies. These include:
- Common rock doves (pigeons), European starlings, mute swans, and peacocks
- Rabbits, rats, and Eastern grey squirrels
Information icon The Parks Control By-Law applies to all wild and feral animals, including problem animals such as those listed above.
Who looks after wildlife
BC wildlife is protected under the BC Wildlife Act, which is administered by the provincial Ministry of the Environment.
The Vancouver Park Board enforces by-laws related to wildlife feeding to protect animals and humans from negative interactions.