Here in Vancouver, we live close to the mountains and forests of British Columbia. This is what makes living in Vancouver so beautiful! But! This can come with problems.
Because we live so close to forests and the mountains, you are more likely to encounter wild animals and you must be careful. Even when you are walking around in Vancouver at night, you may see one of these animals and if you do, remember that you must never touch or feed them, especially the more dangerous animals.
Here’s some of the animals you can encounter in Vancouver:
These animals may look cute, but do not approach them:
If you encounter any of these animals, they will not hurt you unless you bother them, so remember to not touch or feed a wild animal. A skunk in particular is very defensive, so it may turn around and spray you with a very stinky liquid from its butt.
These animals are more dangerous:
- Bears (black)
If a coyote approaches you, make yourself bigger and make lots of noise. The coyote will run away.
As for Bears, here is some advice for if you encounter a black bear. The best tip is that if the bear has not noticed you, be quiet and slowly back away. Never turn and run from a bear because it will chase you.
These animals are attracted by food or pets left outside at night. The best way to avoid an encounter is to make sure your garbage is secure and that your pet is inside. For more information, visit https://wildsafebc.com
Get out and enjoy all of the nature we have here in Vancouver, but be careful about the wildlife!