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First Responders

You found a wild animal in need? 

Stop for a moment and think:
  • Is it an adult or a baby? If you are looking at a baby, back off and look for a mother close by, you could be putting yourself in grave danger.
  • Does it have obvious injuries or is in a spot where it might get hurt if not moved (i.e. laying on a road).
  • Is it responsive or unresponsive.

If possible call the BC Hotline at 1.877.952.7277 and call your local wildlife shelter.

If NLWS is the shelter you are looking for call Angelika at her cell: 1.250.877.1181 If you can’t reach her call 1.250.847.5101 and leave a message.

If you need to move/transport an animal yourself:

  • Transportation of wildlife without proper permits is illegal and you could get fined for it.
  • However in a distress situation you can move an animal to the nearest spot of qualified help, a vet, government office, rehabber or SPCA.
  • When picking up wildlife protect yourself from injuries by claws, paws, hoofs or bites.  Also be aware that most wildlife will have parasites and others might have illnesses  that can be dangerous to humans.
  • Wear Gloves, use a blanket or board to immobilize and pick up wildlife.
  • If you do get scratched or bitten seek immediate medical care.
  • For transport or holding for pickup, find a dark quiet spot for the animal to reduce stress.
  • Transport boxes should be dark and have adequate bedding such as towels or blankets For larger mammal hay or straw is another good bedding option.  If none of these items are available leaves and evergreen branches may serve as a substitute. Do not transport animals in bare kennels or cages, animals may get hurt slipping on the floor or get wet and sick when sitting in their own pee and excrement’s.
  • Make sure boxes are well ventilated!!!
  • Call the nearest drop off point and alert them to your arrival.

What to expect on arrival:

  • You will be asked where and at what time you found the animal.
  • What where the exact circumstance
  • Who did you call, what where you told and did you follow instructions?
  • Your full name, address, phone # and e-mail for our records (this information is needed for our government reports and will only be shared on our reports).
  • You will be asked if you would like to be added to our newsletter/e-mail list.
  • The animal will be taken to the exam room for assessment.

Follow up:

  • You are welcome to call or e-mail to check on your rescue.
  • To prevent habituation you will not be able to “visit” your rescue.
  • You can follow its progress on our FaceBook page.
When dealing with a carnivores species or a large hoofed mammal  extra caution is required. Check out our Bear, cougar or ungulate rescue page!


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