North Saanich residents live in a region filled with natural landscapes and ecosystems; a natural environment ripe with a habitat for wildlife. Usually, human-wildlife interactions are a pleasant and positive experience. However there are occasions where human-wildlife interaction can conflict and can have a devastating impact on both parties; sometimes because of human decisions and behaviours.
There are a variety of things that we can do to make a big difference in preventing human wildlife conflicts. Since food attracts wildlife, the most effective action we can do is to put garbage, birdseed, compost and pet food away and to keep fruit from trees off the ground.
Visit the BC Human Wildlife webpage to learn more about common species in B.C. and how to reduce conflicts to remain safe. Find out about their behaviours on the Common Conflict Species webpage. Knowing what type of animal is involved in a conflict can increase understanding of the solutions available.
- Injured wildlife: Call the SPCA at 250-388-7722 (After hours: 1-800-663-9453)
- Public Safety Concerns: Call CRD Animal Control at 250-478-0624
- Bear or cougar sightings, or other wildlife problems: Call the BC Conservation Officer at 1-800-663-9453
- Marine mammals: Call the Department of Fisheries and Oceans at 250-363-3252