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. Help protect local wildlife by going rodenticide free.

Report an encounter

Please report all encounters with wildlife to the BC Conservation Officer Service at 1-877-952-7277. This provides records for tracking wildlife encounters, which is essential in education and enforcement efforts to reduce human-wildlife conflict.

For more information on how to minimize adverse human-wildlife interactions, 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. 


Known for their creation of large wetland complexes, North American beavers (Castor canadensis) are ecosystem engineers and a keystone species. Because of their ecological role, beaver dams are protected under the BC Wildlife Act and Water Sustainability Regulation

Beaver Management Plan

In response to beaver activity in Port Moody, Council has endorsed a beaver management plan that promotes co-existence, outlines best practices, and addresses risks and liabilities associated with flooding, property damage, ecological impacts, and human health and safety. The plan also addresses compliance with all provincial and federal regulations related to wildlife and fish passage.

Port Moody’s Beaver Management Plan balances the needs of beavers, fish, and other wildlife with the need to protect public safety, civic infrastructure, and public and private lands. It recommends strategies that use alternatives to relocation or lethal trapping whenever possible.

The Plan includes a decision-making framework and a diagnostic key to help guide the City in making informed decisions and taking appropriate actions in response to beaver activity. As identified in the Plan, while beaver restoration efforts across North America are promising, not all areas have suitable habitat for beaver colonies. In highly urbanized areas, co-existence with beavers can be challenging because of constraints related to available space and the depth and flow of watercourses. The decision-making framework and diagnostic key are designed to address the unique challenges and opportunities of co-existence within an urban context, and include a protocol for regular monitoring and maintenance to ensure the City takes a comprehensive approach to co-existence.

Beavers in Suter Brook Creek 

A beaver colony that was previously located in Pigeon Creek has taken up residence in a reach of Suter Brook Creek, near Port Moody City Hall and the Public Works Yard. The City has installed flow devices to moderate the effects of flooding and maintain safe operation of the existing drainage system connected to Suter Brook Creek. A flow device is an apparatus that reduces and stabilizes water levels at a desired height behind a beaver dam.


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.


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

In late winter/early spring cougar sightings increase in Port Moody as their preferred prey, deer, spend more time in urban areas. Here are some tips to stay safe and avoid negative encounters with cougars.

  • Keep dogs on a leash and under control at all times
  • Keep house cats indoors at all times
  • Remove bird feeders or shrubs that may attract the preferred prey of cougars (deer, raccoons, etc.) to your yard
  • Be alert and make noise when walking in forested settings 
  • If you do encounter a cougar, never run. Instead, turn and face the animal, use jackets/back packs to look as big as possible, and back away slowly.
  • If the cougar appears to be stalking or following you, yell and throw objects such as rocks/sticks.

Report any encounters or sightings in an urban area to the RAPP (Report all poachers and polluters) line at 1-877-952-7277

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


Coyotes are well adapted to living in urban areas. They are naturally timid but may act aggressively if they become too comfortable with people. With a few simple actions, you can help reduce conflict between people, pets and coyotes:

  • Be big, brave and loud. Scaring coyotes helps them retain a natural fear of people
  • Never feed coyotes. Coyotes that are fed by people can become bold and aggressive and may have to be destroyed. Keep a secure lid on your garbage and compost, do not leave pet food outside and pick your tree fruit before it falls
  • Pet safety. Keep dogs on a leash and cats indoors, especially at night

If the coyote does not run away or acts aggressively towards you:

  • make eye contact and face the coyote, while slowly backing away
  • pick up small pets or young children

For more information on coyotes, visit the Urban Coyote Initiative web page.


fish signLocal salmon-bearing streams are identified by yellow signs throughout the City [add image]. Contact the Provincial Emergency Program number 1-800-663-3456 to report any situation that may compromise the health of the stream. You can also contact the City Environment Division at 604-469-4574.


If you find an injured or distressed seal or marine mammal, please report it to Marine Mammal Rescue: 604-258-SEAL (7325). Do not touch or attempt to feed the animal. DFO’s Marine Mammal Regulations require a safe distance of more than 100m from marine mammals 

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: