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- Secure your food and garbage at your campsite (inside a car, hard-sided trailer or bear canister/hang) to avoid any human-wildlife conflicts.
- Failure to secure attractants can result in eviction and a ticket.
- For more information about how to store your food properly, check out Messy Campsites Cause Mayhem.
- Animals are most active at dawn/dusk and at night; try to plan your outing after breakfast and before dinner.
- Travel in groups and keep kids close to minimize dangerous encounters with wildlife.
- Keep pets on a leash and avoid bringing pets into sensitive wildlife habitats.
- Follow signs and park rules. Stay on trails to avoid trampling and damaging vegetation.
Wildlife Viewing Safety Tips
Respect the below guidelines to keep you and wildlife safe. Keep in mind the needs of wild animals and recognize the consequences of wildlife viewing and try your best to minimize the disruptions.
- Maintain a distance that respects the needs of wildlife, observe them using proper equipment such as binoculars, spotting scopes and telephoto lenses.
- Selfies with wildlife are not safe and not encouraged.
- Stay at least 30 metres from animals such as deer, moose and elk.
- Stay at least 100 metres from bears, coyotes, wolves and cougars.
- Avoid noises or actions that might stress wildlife.
- Approaching wildlife (or allowing wildlife to approach you) causes them to stop being wary of people, which causes risks to yourself, others and wildlife.
- Do not feed wildlife.
- Be respectful of other wildlife watchers and property owners.
- Be patient. Remember that we are guests in wildlife habitat.
- Wildlife in BC
- Guidelines for Watching Marine Wildlife [PDF]