Port Moody is surrounded by forested mountains. This means encounters with wildlife are common. Residents in Port Moody need to manage these interactions in order to stay safe and avoid damage to home and property. The Ministry of Environment and Climate Change and the BC Wildlife Act offer guidelines and protections to help ensure the safety of wildlife and people.

Report an encounter

For all wildlife concerns where the public may be at risk please call the BC Conservation Officer Service at 1-877-952-7277.

For other wildlife-related inquiries, please email the Environment Division.

Black Bears

Black bears are a common sight in Port Moody. The Bear Essentials Program provides education and awareness on how to minimize adverse human-bear interactions. 

Beavers

Beavers have an important role in the ecosystem. However, their activities can cause issues in urban settings. The City of Port Moody is working to create a Beaver Management Plan to balance co-existence with public safety and protection of property, wherever possible.

Because of their ecological role, beaver dams are protected under the BC Wildlife Act and Water Sustainability Regulation

Canada Geese

Non-migratory Canada Geese were introduced to our region and the number of them has increased drastically over the last few decades. They can leave large amounts of fecal matter on grass, docks, and paths. This poses a health and safety risk for residents. They can also become aggressive and territorial. 

Geese are protected under the Migratory Birds Convention Act. However, the Act recognizes that there are times when issues caused by them must be addressed.

To help limit the number of geese in the Rocky Point area we have developed a Goose Management Plan. This involves placing fencing and vegetation along shorelines and using trained dogs. Both of these are recommended by the BC SPCA and Environment Canada.

Chafer Beetles

Chafer Beetles can cause significant harm to your lawn. Learn how to manage Chafer Beetles on your property.

Cougars

If you encounter a cougar, you should stay calm and back away slowly.

For more information about how to respond to a cougar sighting, follow the BC Human – Wildlife Conflict guidelines.

Fish

Port Moody has many streams that flow into the Burrard Inlet. Many of these are salmon-bearing streams, containing diverse and productive natural ecosystems. We are working to protect aquatic ecosystems through various bylaws and policies, education, increased signage, and other initiatives. The Port Moody Ecological Society and Burrard Inlet Marine Enhancement Society are important stewards of stream protection in Port Moody. The Burrard Inlet Marine Enhancement Society runs the Mossom Creek Hatchery which helps protect local fish populations.

Salmon signs

There are signs throughout the City to indicate the importance of local streams to the salmon population. These signs contain:

  • a yellow salmon figure
  • the name of the stream
  • stream stewardship partners
  • the Provincial Emergency Program number, 1-800-663-3456

This 24-hour contact number allows you to report any situation that may compromise the health of the stream.

Wildlife support

For more information on how you can help keep wildlife and people safe in the community, including how to help injured wildlife, please visit: