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“Living with Wildlife in BC” is a series of nine wildlife management guides for people working in the agricultural and natural resource sectors, as well as rural land owners.
  • Options for wildlife management, worker safety, and animal deterrents are provided for common species that can pose problems for people who work outdoors.
  • Many guides show how to complete wildlife conflict management plans.
  • Consult the “Conflict Reduction Guide” for wildlife deterrent management options and equipment suppliers.
  • Contact outreach@osca.org or zkirk@rdos.bc.ca for further help on wildlife management.
To report a conflict with wildlife that threatens public safety call 1-877-952-7277 to reach the provincial Conservation Officer Service.

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Deer, Elk and California Bighorn Sheep
Deer have adapted to living in towns and rural areas and are one of the most problematic species. Wildlife fencing is the only solution for effective management of deer. Elk and Bighorn Sheep are also covered in this guide.
Conflict Management Guide
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For rats and mice, managing attractants and entry to buildings is key to management. For native rodents such as marmots, ground squirrels and pocket gophers, review the trapping options suggested.
Conflict Management Guide
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Conflict Reduction Techniques
This 12 page guide provides management suggestions applicable to all wildlife. Topics such as design of buildings, attractant management, fencing options, wildlife gates, predator deterrents, bird deterrent options, worker safety supplies, and safety plans are covered. Links to further information and equipment suppliers are on the back page.
Conflict Management Guide
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Black Bear
Black bears have learned to thrive in close proximity to humans and cultivated areas. Bear management options, worker safety, bear deterrents and equipment supplies are discussed. Consult the Conflict Reduction Guide for detailed information on fencing and other deterrents.
Bear Management Guide
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This elusive predator is increasingly coming into contact with humans as prey opportunities increase in urban and rural communities.
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Coyotes and Wolves
Coyotes have adapted to human settlements and are attracted to some fruit crops but are mainly interested in domestic fowl and pets.
Coyotes & Wolves
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European Starling
This European import is a major pest on cherries, blueberries and grapes. A variety of scare techniques as well as trapping helps to control the summer populations.
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There are ten species of snakes in British Columbia but only one is venomous. The rattlesnake is a shy snake that prefers to keep away from human activity. The management guide provides tips on working safely in snake country, identifying snakes, and if necessary--relocating snakes.