Wildlife

A mountain goat stands on Sheep Mountain in the backcountry of Juneau, Alaska, on Thursday, Aug. 27, 2020. British Columbia’s central coast is losing one of its defining features with fewer mountain goats seen on its peaks, say researchers. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Becky Bohrer

Mountain goat population declining in British Columbia: study

British Columbia has about 50 per cent of the world’s mountain goats

A mountain goat stands on Sheep Mountain in the backcountry of Juneau, Alaska, on Thursday, Aug. 27, 2020. British Columbia’s central coast is losing one of its defining features with fewer mountain goats seen on its peaks, say researchers. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Becky Bohrer
Moose browse on twigs during winter. Predators, snowmobile trails and resource roads have affected moose and caribou populations across B.C. (Photo by Sarah Knapp/Homer News)

B.C. updating wildlife law to expand Indigenous independence

’Sheltering’ agreements to allow guest hunters into territory

Moose browse on twigs during winter. Predators, snowmobile trails and resource roads have affected moose and caribou populations across B.C. (Photo by Sarah Knapp/Homer News)
Decoys like this juvenile grizzly bear are used in the wildlife attack training scenarios for the conservation officers. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)

Predator attack scenarios prepare B.C. conservation officers for real-life calls

Attacks ‘extremely rare’ but officers need to be prepared, says CO during training in Chilliwack

Decoys like this juvenile grizzly bear are used in the wildlife attack training scenarios for the conservation officers. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
Marty Thomas ropes a deer who fell into the frigid Kettle River in Grand Forks, B.C., Monday, Feb. 28. Photo courtesy of Marty Thomas

VIDEO: West Kootenay man saves deer from freezing river

Marty Thomas said he fell into the river while effecting the rescue in Grand Forks, B.C.

Marty Thomas ropes a deer who fell into the frigid Kettle River in Grand Forks, B.C., Monday, Feb. 28. Photo courtesy of Marty Thomas
An adult and young manatee swim together in a canal, Feb. 16, 2022, in Coral Gables, Fla. There are about 82 rescued Florida manatees in rehabilitation centers across the U.S. as wildlife officials try to stem starvation deaths by the marine mammals due to poor water quality. The latest numbers were released Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2022 by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service as part of an unprecedented effort to feed starving manatees and treat those in distress. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)

Officials: More than 80 starving manatees in rehab across US

Poor water quality causing the sea grass on which they normally feed during the winter to disappear

An adult and young manatee swim together in a canal, Feb. 16, 2022, in Coral Gables, Fla. There are about 82 rescued Florida manatees in rehabilitation centers across the U.S. as wildlife officials try to stem starvation deaths by the marine mammals due to poor water quality. The latest numbers were released Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2022 by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service as part of an unprecedented effort to feed starving manatees and treat those in distress. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)
A species of bat known as a little brown myotis is shown in this undated handout photo. Researchers say a deadly fungus that has nearly wiped out a North American bat species hasn’t yet spread to British Columbia, giving them valuable time to study whether probiotics prevent the disease. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO, Cori Lausen *MANDATORY CREDIT*

Researchers race to study probiotic before white-nose syndrome spreads to B.C. bats

The first bat in Washington state with the syndrome was discovered in 2016

A species of bat known as a little brown myotis is shown in this undated handout photo. Researchers say a deadly fungus that has nearly wiped out a North American bat species hasn’t yet spread to British Columbia, giving them valuable time to study whether probiotics prevent the disease. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO, Cori Lausen *MANDATORY CREDIT*
A Vancouver Island University biology professor says how and why a Canada goose ended up in a Chicago park is a mystery. (News Bulletin file photo)

Canada goose from Vancouver Island makes it all the way to the Great Lakes

Biology professor says how and why the bird flew so far east is a mystery

A Vancouver Island University biology professor says how and why a Canada goose ended up in a Chicago park is a mystery. (News Bulletin file photo)
The dromedary jumping-slug has a multi-coloured hump concealing a partial shell. The slug is red-listed provincially and listed as threatened under the federal Species at Risk Act. (Contributed - Kristiina Ovaska)

Scientist leaping to the defence of Vancouver Island’s dwindling jumping slug

Mapping project tracks this important indicator of the health of B.C. rainforest

The dromedary jumping-slug has a multi-coloured hump concealing a partial shell. The slug is red-listed provincially and listed as threatened under the federal Species at Risk Act. (Contributed - Kristiina Ovaska)
A wolverine is shown in this camera trap photo in Alberta from 2012, in the same location where a coyotes was also photographed a week apart, supplied by lead researcher Gillian Chow-Fraser of the University of Victoria. New research suggests industrial development is helping coyotes move into wolverine country and edge out the rare carnivore despite its fierce reputation. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO

Industrial development giving coyotes an edge in wolverine habitat: study

Coyotes and wolverines have different habitats and wouldn’t normally interact

A wolverine is shown in this camera trap photo in Alberta from 2012, in the same location where a coyotes was also photographed a week apart, supplied by lead researcher Gillian Chow-Fraser of the University of Victoria. New research suggests industrial development is helping coyotes move into wolverine country and edge out the rare carnivore despite its fierce reputation. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO
Fox 2 was trapped at Tim Hortons. (Photo submitted)

Remember those curious foxes in downtown Quesnel? They’ve been released back into the wild

“It was such a good end to the story,” says animal rescuer

Fox 2 was trapped at Tim Hortons. (Photo submitted)
A hummingbird sits on a tree branch near Oliver, B.C., on Monday June 14, 2010. The cold snap in B.C. is posing significant issues for wildlife across the province as freezing temperatures deplete reliable food sources for animals, experts say. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Extreme cold weather causes detrimental impacts on birds in B.C.: Wildlife experts

Risk of frostbite, dehydration and getting stuck to frozen metal contribute to survival crisis

A hummingbird sits on a tree branch near Oliver, B.C., on Monday June 14, 2010. The cold snap in B.C. is posing significant issues for wildlife across the province as freezing temperatures deplete reliable food sources for animals, experts say. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
A Salmon Arm artist worked with talented local fabricators to create an enormous set of steel bighorn sheep horns to greet visitors to Radium Hot Springs. (Village of Radium Hot Springs image)

Radium collisions causing dwindling bighorn sheep population; overpass urged by expert

The Radium herd has been declining for years, and was reduced by 19 just from traffic last year

A Salmon Arm artist worked with talented local fabricators to create an enormous set of steel bighorn sheep horns to greet visitors to Radium Hot Springs. (Village of Radium Hot Springs image)
A person kneels down to grab a photo of the fox in downtown Quesnel on Tuesday, Dec. 28. (Rebecca Dyok photo)

PHOTOS: Curious fox captivates attention in downtown Quesnel, B.C.

Convenience store staff asking people to not feed the red-tailed visitor

A person kneels down to grab a photo of the fox in downtown Quesnel on Tuesday, Dec. 28. (Rebecca Dyok photo)
A husky charged at a cougar in Saanich on Dec. 21 before the dog quickly turned back. The cougar then left the property. (Photo courtesy of Saanich police)

VIDEO: Alarmed B.C. pet owner stops husky from charging cougar in his driveway

Encounter was a reminder that the large animals live nearby, local police say

A husky charged at a cougar in Saanich on Dec. 21 before the dog quickly turned back. The cougar then left the property. (Photo courtesy of Saanich police)
A female raccoon dragging a leg trap is sedated for examination at the Wild Animal Rehabilitation Centre in Metchosin. It was later put down. (Courtesy Wild ARC)

Raccoon drags leg trap around for days, dies at B.C. wild animal rehab centre

Animal had crushed front leg, was beyond rehabilitation

A female raccoon dragging a leg trap is sedated for examination at the Wild Animal Rehabilitation Centre in Metchosin. It was later put down. (Courtesy Wild ARC)
A wild caribou roams the tundra near The Meadowbank Gold Mine located in the Nunavut Territory of Canada on March 25, 2009. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

Quebec builds fences around caribou as experts decry lack of habitat protection

Biologist said enclosing animals, killing predators is a last ditch attempt to save species

A wild caribou roams the tundra near The Meadowbank Gold Mine located in the Nunavut Territory of Canada on March 25, 2009. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
A Steller’s sea eagle is shown in this recent handout photo taken through a telescope near Falmouth, N.S. A rare eagle that is a long, long way from home in Nova Scotia has birdwatchers in this part of the world both flummoxed and spellbound. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO, Phil Taylor

Rare eagle sighting in Atlantic Canada like palm tree in the tundra, expert says

The Steller’s sea eagle is classified as vulnerable by the International Union for Conservation of Nature

A Steller’s sea eagle is shown in this recent handout photo taken through a telescope near Falmouth, N.S. A rare eagle that is a long, long way from home in Nova Scotia has birdwatchers in this part of the world both flummoxed and spellbound. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO, Phil Taylor
The fawn mule deer that was injured by an unleashed dog in Kuiper’s Peak Mountain Park on Nov. 7. (Contributed)

Unleashed dog attack on deer in Kelowna park leads to charges against owner

Conservation officers had to euthanize the injured deer

The fawn mule deer that was injured by an unleashed dog in Kuiper’s Peak Mountain Park on Nov. 7. (Contributed)
Three dead mule deer were found near Castlegar. Black Press file photo
Three dead mule deer were found near Castlegar. Black Press file photo
FILE - This May 20, 2019, file photo shows a Mexican gray wolf. Research by scientists, to be showcased Friday in a CBC documentary, explores how the pandemic has affected the behaviour of wolves and several other animals. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson, File)

Canadian doc ‘Nature’s Big Year’ shows how wildlife has adapted during the pandemic

Documentary exposes new animal behaviour sparked by changes in human behaviour

FILE - This May 20, 2019, file photo shows a Mexican gray wolf. Research by scientists, to be showcased Friday in a CBC documentary, explores how the pandemic has affected the behaviour of wolves and several other animals. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson, File)