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Parks, Recreation & Culture » Sustainable Kamloops » Environmental Sustainability » Natural Environment

Urban Wildlife

Live Smart with Urban Wildlife in Kamloops

Kamloops is home to bears and many other urban wildlife. As Kamloops population and urban areas grow, habitat and natural food sources available for wildlife diminish. This is why we find these animals in our neighbourhoods, seeking out garbage for food and our backyards for shelter. This makes it an ideal location to live, not only for us, but for many types of wildlife including:

  • Bears
  • Coyotes
  • Deer
  • Bobcats
  • Cougars
  • Marmots

These animals are part of our environment, but can become pests and unwanted visitors if we attract them to public and private property. It is important that we avoid inviting wildlife to our properties by removing attractants such as garbage, bird feeders, compost, ripe fruit, dirty BBQs and pet food and limiting access to areas that wildlife may use as a den such as under or in sheds or wood piles.

Garbage is not healthy for bears and wildlife. When bears learn that garbage means food, they return to it again and again. To reduce bears and urban wildlife coming into the neighbourhood, remove attractants from your backyard that could provide food and shelter for these animals. If you Encounter Threatening Wildlife

  • Do not run
  • Make yourself look big
  • Be loud and aggressive

Report any sightings, and if you encounter threatening wildlife that is aggressive, breaking into buildings or causing property damage, please call the Conservation Officer Service at 1-877-952-7277.

    How to Wildlife-proof Your Home and Property
  • Keep garbage out of reach
  • Don't plant fruit-bearing trees and shrubs unless you are willing to clean up all of the fruit
  • Remove bird feeders
  • Compost responsibly
  • Remove attractants from your backyard



If you are concerned about wildlife in your yard or on public property or want more information about becoming wildlife safe, please contact the Kamloops WildSafeBC Coordinator 250-828-3379.

Sustainability Services
955 Concordia Way
Kamloops BC V2C 6V3
ph 250-828 3461
fx 250-828-3790

Note: All correspondence is entered into our system and will be directed accordingly. The City of Kamloops will endeavor to contact you within two business days. Thank you.