Wildlife

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)
Anna’s Hummingbird. (Photo by Eloise Carr)

Creston birders spot 73 species in annual Christmas Bird Count

The totals included two birds that have never been seen before on count day

  • Jan 5, 2022
Anna’s Hummingbird. (Photo by Eloise Carr)
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)
Weasels are very quick creatures, making them hard to spot. (Pixabay)

Out There: Pop Goes the Weasel

Weasels are one of the quickest creatures around

  • Dec 20, 2021
Weasels are very quick creatures, making them hard to spot. (Pixabay)
A black bear cub chews on a styrofoam cup. Food-conditioned bears can become dangerous to humans. (Photo by Peter Sulzle)

WildSafeBC: Making Winter Bearable

At this time of year, bears are bedding down for winter hibernation

  • Dec 2, 2021
A black bear cub chews on a styrofoam cup. Food-conditioned bears can become dangerous to humans. (Photo by Peter Sulzle)
A male grizzly bear in a fall apple tree in Elkford, BC. (Photo credit: Cindy Rideout)

Pilot program in Elk Valley pulling fruit out of hungry bears’ reach

A program which removes and replaces fruit-bearing trees saw a successful first year in operation, with a wait list for 2022

A male grizzly bear in a fall apple tree in Elkford, BC. (Photo credit: Cindy Rideout)
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 trilling toad seeks protection under a trail edge over-hang. (Photo by Ed McMackin)

Out There: Digging in for the Winter

‘Animals spend the winter in many diverse kinds of habitats.’

  • Nov 24, 2021
A trilling toad seeks protection under a trail edge over-hang. (Photo by Ed McMackin)
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)
An Anna’s hummingbird in care at the Wild Animal Rehabilitation Centre in Metchosin this spring. (Courtesy Wild ARC)

If the feeder’s out, you’re committed: hummingbird care in a B.C. winter

B.C. biologist floats tips to keeping hummingbirds fed, safe this season

An Anna’s hummingbird in care at the Wild Animal Rehabilitation Centre in Metchosin this spring. (Courtesy Wild ARC)
Barn swallows in Canada face declining populations. (Photo by Rachel Darvill)

Wildsight: Raise the roof for barn swallows

The structures were modelled after a design that has been used effectively in the Creston Valley Wildlife Management Area

  • Nov 4, 2021
Barn swallows in Canada face declining populations. (Photo by Rachel Darvill)
A Washington State Department of Agriculture worker holds two of the dozens of Asian giant hornets vacuumed from a tree in Blaine, Wash., on October 24, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, Elaine Thompson

B.C. murder hornet remains believed connected with recent Washington infestation

Expert: good chance specimen related to previous find, meaning reduced cause for concern

A Washington State Department of Agriculture worker holds two of the dozens of Asian giant hornets vacuumed from a tree in Blaine, Wash., on October 24, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, Elaine Thompson
A black bear spotted in a mountain ash tree. (Photo by B. Haywood-Farmer)

WildSafeBC: Bear in mind to manage your fruit trees this fall

Food-conditioned and human-habituated bears can become dangerous

A black bear spotted in a mountain ash tree. (Photo by B. Haywood-Farmer)