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Living with Wildlife


Coexisting

Humans can be very attractive to a variety of animals and insects.  Our garbage, gardens, pet food, bird feeders, barbeques, bags of seed, garden bulbs and composters all produce an irresistible buffet of odours to our wild and domesticated animal friends.

From insects and rodents to birds and large mammals, attracting the wrong species to your property can cause problems ranging from minor property damage to far more serious outcomes.

Preventing and avoiding attractants is the only way to avoid costly damages and spare animal lives.  Please take a moment to identify any possible attractants on your property and secure them appropriately.

Fraser Health has local Environmental Health Officers available to provide assistance and information regarding infestation, identification and control of common household pests, such as insects and rodents. In Abbotsford, call the Health Protection Office 604-870-7900.

Dangerous Wildlife sightings and encounters should be reported to the BC Conservation Officer Service, toll-free at 1-877-952-7277. 

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Wildlife

  • The Provincial Bear Aware program provides tips for preventing problem encounters with bears.
     
  • The Wild Safe BC website provides tips for reducing wildlife conflicts for numerous animals including bears, cougar, coyotes, deers, and raccoons, as well as providing wildlife reports on the Wildlife Alert Reporting Program (W.A.R.P.) website.
     
  • The Wildlife Rehabilitators Network of British Columbia's website provides tips on how to deal with wild animals and listing of rehabilitators in British Columbia.
     
  • The BC SPCA Provincial Call Centre at 1-855-522-7722 (1-855-6-BC-SPCA) or the Abbotsford Police Department at 604-859-5225 can be contacted to report animals in distress and requiring assistance.

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Rodents

Mice and rats have coexisted with humans for much of history. If you suspect that mice or rats are living on your property, it is important to take action quickly as their numbers can multiply rapidly.

Four key words to guide management efforts are: Clean, Seal, Identify, Trap.

  • Clean: remove all food sources such as pet food, grass seed, bulbs, unharvested fruit, vegetables or nuts, bird and wildlife feeders.
  • Seal:  Carefully look for all access points to buildings – seal any that are larger than 0.5cm.
  • Identify:  Take the time to try and identify the species you’re dealing with.  This knowledge will make control efforts far more effective.  Numerous online resources exist.
  • Trap:  A variety of trap types are available.  Poison bait traps are not recommended due to a likelihood of poisoning non-target species or of animals dying, undetected, within buildings.  Ensure people and pets will not come into accidental contact with traps.  Always use gloves when handling traps.

Fraser Health has local Environmental Health Officers available to provide assistance and information regarding infestation, identification and control of common household pests, such as insects and rodents. In Abbotsford, call the Health Protection Office 604-870-7900.

Abbotsford Health Protection Office
# 207 - 2776 Bourquin Crescent West
Abbotsford, B.C. V2S 6A4
Phone: 604.870.7900
Hours of operation  Mon - Fri, 8:30 am - 4:30 pm

Rodent Resources

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