Wildlife

A mountain goat stands on Sheep Mountain in the backcountry of Juneau, Alaska, on Thursday, Aug. 27, 2020. British Columbia’s central coast is losing one of its defining features with fewer mountain goats seen on its peaks, say researchers. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Becky Bohrer

Mountain goat population declining in British Columbia: study

British Columbia has about 50 per cent of the world’s mountain goats

A mountain goat stands on Sheep Mountain in the backcountry of Juneau, Alaska, on Thursday, Aug. 27, 2020. British Columbia’s central coast is losing one of its defining features with fewer mountain goats seen on its peaks, say researchers. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Becky Bohrer
Moose browse on twigs during winter. Predators, snowmobile trails and resource roads have affected moose and caribou populations across B.C. (Photo by Sarah Knapp/Homer News)

B.C. updating wildlife law to expand Indigenous independence

’Sheltering’ agreements to allow guest hunters into territory

Moose browse on twigs during winter. Predators, snowmobile trails and resource roads have affected moose and caribou populations across B.C. (Photo by Sarah Knapp/Homer News)
Decoys like this juvenile grizzly bear are used in the wildlife attack training scenarios for the conservation officers. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)

Predator attack scenarios prepare B.C. conservation officers for real-life calls

Attacks ‘extremely rare’ but officers need to be prepared, says CO during training in Chilliwack

Decoys like this juvenile grizzly bear are used in the wildlife attack training scenarios for the conservation officers. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
Marty Thomas ropes a deer who fell into the frigid Kettle River in Grand Forks, B.C., Monday, Feb. 28. Photo courtesy of Marty Thomas

VIDEO: West Kootenay man saves deer from freezing river

Marty Thomas said he fell into the river while effecting the rescue in Grand Forks, B.C.

Marty Thomas ropes a deer who fell into the frigid Kettle River in Grand Forks, B.C., Monday, Feb. 28. Photo courtesy of Marty Thomas
An adult and young manatee swim together in a canal, Feb. 16, 2022, in Coral Gables, Fla. There are about 82 rescued Florida manatees in rehabilitation centers across the U.S. as wildlife officials try to stem starvation deaths by the marine mammals due to poor water quality. The latest numbers were released Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2022 by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service as part of an unprecedented effort to feed starving manatees and treat those in distress. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)

Officials: More than 80 starving manatees in rehab across US

Poor water quality causing the sea grass on which they normally feed during the winter to disappear

An adult and young manatee swim together in a canal, Feb. 16, 2022, in Coral Gables, Fla. There are about 82 rescued Florida manatees in rehabilitation centers across the U.S. as wildlife officials try to stem starvation deaths by the marine mammals due to poor water quality. The latest numbers were released Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2022 by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service as part of an unprecedented effort to feed starving manatees and treat those in distress. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)
Critter Care provides opportunities for interns to learn about wildlife rehabilitation, such as feeding young otters. (Critter Care website)

Anonymous donor will match funds to Langley wildlife rehab centre

Matching donor campaign could net Critter Care $18,000

Critter Care provides opportunities for interns to learn about wildlife rehabilitation, such as feeding young otters. (Critter Care website)
A species of bat known as a little brown myotis is shown in this undated handout photo. Researchers say a deadly fungus that has nearly wiped out a North American bat species hasn’t yet spread to British Columbia, giving them valuable time to study whether probiotics prevent the disease. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO, Cori Lausen *MANDATORY CREDIT*

Researchers race to study probiotic before white-nose syndrome spreads to B.C. bats

The first bat in Washington state with the syndrome was discovered in 2016

A species of bat known as a little brown myotis is shown in this undated handout photo. Researchers say a deadly fungus that has nearly wiped out a North American bat species hasn’t yet spread to British Columbia, giving them valuable time to study whether probiotics prevent the disease. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO, Cori Lausen *MANDATORY CREDIT*
A Vancouver Island University biology professor says how and why a Canada goose ended up in a Chicago park is a mystery. (News Bulletin file photo)

Canada goose from Vancouver Island makes it all the way to the Great Lakes

Biology professor says how and why the bird flew so far east is a mystery

A Vancouver Island University biology professor says how and why a Canada goose ended up in a Chicago park is a mystery. (News Bulletin file photo)
The dromedary jumping-slug has a multi-coloured hump concealing a partial shell. The slug is red-listed provincially and listed as threatened under the federal Species at Risk Act. (Contributed - Kristiina Ovaska)

Scientist leaping to the defence of Vancouver Island’s dwindling jumping slug

Mapping project tracks this important indicator of the health of B.C. rainforest

The dromedary jumping-slug has a multi-coloured hump concealing a partial shell. The slug is red-listed provincially and listed as threatened under the federal Species at Risk Act. (Contributed - Kristiina Ovaska)
A wolverine is shown in this camera trap photo in Alberta from 2012, in the same location where a coyotes was also photographed a week apart, supplied by lead researcher Gillian Chow-Fraser of the University of Victoria. New research suggests industrial development is helping coyotes move into wolverine country and edge out the rare carnivore despite its fierce reputation. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO

Industrial development giving coyotes an edge in wolverine habitat: study

Coyotes and wolverines have different habitats and wouldn’t normally interact

A wolverine is shown in this camera trap photo in Alberta from 2012, in the same location where a coyotes was also photographed a week apart, supplied by lead researcher Gillian Chow-Fraser of the University of Victoria. New research suggests industrial development is helping coyotes move into wolverine country and edge out the rare carnivore despite its fierce reputation. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO
Langley’s Kelly Mckenzie was recently in the Real Canadian Superstore parking lot on Willowbrook Drive, when spotting this crow. “This photo cannot help but bring a smile,” Mckenzie said. (Special to Langley Advance Times)

SHARE: Signage brings smile

Send us your photo showing how you view Langley, and it could be featured in a future edition

  • Jan 11, 2022
Langley’s Kelly Mckenzie was recently in the Real Canadian Superstore parking lot on Willowbrook Drive, when spotting this crow. “This photo cannot help but bring a smile,” Mckenzie said. (Special to Langley Advance Times)
Photo taken Jan. 7, 2022 at 8:30 a.m. The eagle was reported to OWL rehabilitation but was able to shake off ice and fly away before the naturalist arrived. (Sylvia Janz photo)

No worries for ice-covered bald eagle spotted in Chilliwack

The large raptors actually can survive winter conditions remarkably well

Photo taken Jan. 7, 2022 at 8:30 a.m. The eagle was reported to OWL rehabilitation but was able to shake off ice and fly away before the naturalist arrived. (Sylvia Janz photo)
Nicholas Read is a retired journalist and a former journalism professor who wrote a book about Langley’s wildlife rehabilitation centre. “Caring for Critter” is his 12th book about nature and wildlife. (Special to Langley Advance Times)

Former journalist released a book about Langley’s wildlife sanctuary

Caring for Critter is B.C.’s only facility specializing in the care of mammals.

Nicholas Read is a retired journalist and a former journalism professor who wrote a book about Langley’s wildlife rehabilitation centre. “Caring for Critter” is his 12th book about nature and wildlife. (Special to Langley Advance Times)
Fox 2 was trapped at Tim Hortons. (Photo submitted)

Remember those curious foxes in downtown Quesnel? They’ve been released back into the wild

“It was such a good end to the story,” says animal rescuer

Fox 2 was trapped at Tim Hortons. (Photo submitted)
Mark Morrison made his own heater for his hummingbird feeder, which seems to make for one very content hummingbird. (Special to Langley Advance Times)

LETTER: Homemade alternative for hummingbirds

If birdfeeding heaters are sold out, here’s an easy option for some

  • Jan 6, 2022
Mark Morrison made his own heater for his hummingbird feeder, which seems to make for one very content hummingbird. (Special to Langley Advance Times)
A hummingbird sits on a tree branch near Oliver, B.C., on Monday June 14, 2010. The cold snap in B.C. is posing significant issues for wildlife across the province as freezing temperatures deplete reliable food sources for animals, experts say. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Extreme cold weather causes detrimental impacts on birds in B.C.: Wildlife experts

Risk of frostbite, dehydration and getting stuck to frozen metal contribute to survival crisis

A hummingbird sits on a tree branch near Oliver, B.C., on Monday June 14, 2010. The cold snap in B.C. is posing significant issues for wildlife across the province as freezing temperatures deplete reliable food sources for animals, experts say. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
A Salmon Arm artist worked with talented local fabricators to create an enormous set of steel bighorn sheep horns to greet visitors to Radium Hot Springs. (Village of Radium Hot Springs image)

Radium collisions causing dwindling bighorn sheep population; overpass urged by expert

The Radium herd has been declining for years, and was reduced by 19 just from traffic last year

A Salmon Arm artist worked with talented local fabricators to create an enormous set of steel bighorn sheep horns to greet visitors to Radium Hot Springs. (Village of Radium Hot Springs image)
People lined up outside Wild Birds Unlimited Langley to purchase hummingbird feeder heaters and other supplies to keep the birds healthy during the winter season. (Dan Ferguson/Langley Advance Times)

People lined up outside Langley bird feed store

Shop sold more than 140 feeder heaters in less than five hours

People lined up outside Wild Birds Unlimited Langley to purchase hummingbird feeder heaters and other supplies to keep the birds healthy during the winter season. (Dan Ferguson/Langley Advance Times)
A person kneels down to grab a photo of the fox in downtown Quesnel on Tuesday, Dec. 28. (Rebecca Dyok photo)

PHOTOS: Curious fox captivates attention in downtown Quesnel, B.C.

Convenience store staff asking people to not feed the red-tailed visitor

A person kneels down to grab a photo of the fox in downtown Quesnel on Tuesday, Dec. 28. (Rebecca Dyok photo)
A husky charged at a cougar in Saanich on Dec. 21 before the dog quickly turned back. The cougar then left the property. (Photo courtesy of Saanich police)

VIDEO: Alarmed B.C. pet owner stops husky from charging cougar in his driveway

Encounter was a reminder that the large animals live nearby, local police say

A husky charged at a cougar in Saanich on Dec. 21 before the dog quickly turned back. The cougar then left the property. (Photo courtesy of Saanich police)
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