Conservation urges care with wildlife this spring on Haida Gwaii

As spring blossoms BC Conservation is reminding islanders how best to deal with wildlife entering our communities.

“If you see a fawn planted in your flowers, leave it be,” says CO Tony Maestrello. “The best advice we have is to leave those fawns alone.”

Every spring people attempt to intervene when a fawn is found by itself, but Maestrello says its exposed position is often by design of its mother.

“Mothers will plant their fawns in a single spot for up to 24 hours and leave them, seemingly unattended and close to people, while off foraging for food,” he says. “Placing them in close proximity to human beings may very well be the intent because civilization tends to ward off aggressive males. It’s a pattern the conservation officers have seen with bears as well.”

With a rapid growth in urban deer populations, incidents of fawns being wrongly moved is often in the news but Maestrello urges islanders to wait 24 hours before taking action. If the mother does not tend to it during this time COS will follow up and intervene if necessary.

READ MORE: Conservation office launches new guardian role for Haida Gwaii

Spring is also a time for COS to remind people that Haida Gwaii’s black bears will be emerging from dormancy seeking food. Populations will be concentrated in lower elevations where food sources are more plentiful, including residential areas.

“it is especially important for the public to endure that attractants such as garbage are unavailable to bears to avoid bringing them into our neighbourhoods,” says Maestrello. “The public can do their part to protect bears eliminating attractants.”

For more information anyone can go online to wildsafebc.com.

To report unusual wildlife activity of concern call the COS RAPP line at 1-877-952-7277 (RAPP) or #7277 on the TELUS Mobility Network.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Hundreds of Prince Rupert renters evicted

Renovictions in Prince Rupert leaving more than 47 families, 200-plus people in two days, from two different properties without a place to live

Mohawks propose temporary Indigenous police for Wet’suwet’en territory

The RCMP has already committed to ending patrols along a critical roadway

Talks with Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs enter second day

Federal and provincial ministers ready to extend discussions

Wet’suwet’en herreditary chiefs meet with provincial, federal ministers

Neither party speaking on the groundwork laid for tomorrow’s talks

Coastal GasLink agrees to two-day pause of pipeline construction in Morice River area

Work will stop once Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs begin talks with province and feds

UPDATE: Arrests made, tires slashed on patrol cars in northern B.C., says RCMP

But a Gitxsan hereditary chief says 14 were arrested, as fight over natural gas pipeline continues

Two law enforcement trucks ‘deliberately’ set on fire in northern B.C., RCMP say

Police say they have video evidence of a person in the area of the truck fires

B.C. mother, daughter return home after coronavirus quarantine in Asia

Jensine Morabito and her daughter were on Holland America’s Westerdam but did not catch the virus

Leap Year means we get an extra day in February, so how are you spending it?

People online have a number of suggestions and plans on how they will be spending Saturday

Greta sticker that drew outrage in Alberta not child pornography: RCMP

X-Site Energy Services has denied having anything to do with the stickers

Bald eagle hit by train in northern B.C. has a chance of survival

The raptor has been taken to OWL in the Lower Mainland for recovery

Cheslatta Carrier Nation and Rio Tinto sign a historic agreement

Co-operation crucial to stem dropping Nechako Reservoir level

Hundreds of B.C. firefighters ‘climb the wall’ for BC Lung Association

The charity fundraiser saw participants climbing up 48 storeys

Most Read