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A natural disaster can strike at any time, without warning. Learn how to make an emergency kit and plan, and protect yourself, your family, and your property.

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wildlife on the North Shore


A variety of wild animals, including bears, coyotes, skunks, raccoons, and cougars live on the North Shore. You may see wild animals on your property, looking for food or somewhere warm to sleep.

How to prepare

Most bears killed by conservation officers have had access to human food. Make your home less inviting to wildlife by:

  • keeping garbage inside until collection day.
  • composting food scraps properly.
  • picking fruit from fruit trees.
  • storing pet food indoors.
  • keeping your organics cart and barbecue clean.

What to do if you see bears or other wildlife

  1. Remain calm.
  2. Back away slowly, preferably in the direction you came from. Do not run.
  3. Bring children and pets to an area of safety. Give the animal escape options.

How to report wildlife concerns

  • Wildlife that appears threatening, or suspected illegal hunting and fishing: Phone the BC Conservation Officer 24-Hour Hotline at 1-877-952-RAPP (7277) or the RCMP at 9-1-1.
  • Bear sightings: Phone the North Shore Black Bear Society at 604-990-BEAR (2327).
  • Wildlife in distress: Phone the Wildlife Rescue Association of British Columbia at 604-526-7275.

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