The City of Port Moody is surrounded by forested mountains. As a result, wildlife may interact with the urban environment. Residents in Port Moody need to manage these interactions in order to stay safe and avoid damage to your 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 contact the Environmental Division at 604-469-4628.

Bears

The City’s Bear Essentials Program provides education and awareness on how to minimize adverse human-bear interactions. 

Avoid attracting bears

The best way to prevent a bear encounter, is to manage bear attractants, such as: 

 Garbage
To prevent conflict with bears and avoid a ticket:

Keep your garbage and organic carts locked (indoors if possible) at all times.

Only place the cart outside on the curb between 5:30 am and 7:30 am on your pick-up day.

Bring the carts it in by 8 pm.

 Pet food
Feed your pets indoors.

Store pet food indoors

 Bird feeders
 Use bird feeders only in the winter

Don't let seed spill onto the ground

Suspend them out of reach of bears

Avoid using them altogether if bears visit your yard frequently

 Fruit trees
Pick fruit as soon as it ripens.

Pick up any fallen fruit daily.

Store all harvested fruit securely indoors.

 Barbeques
Clean barbeque grill, and remove and empty grease trap after each use.

Cover and store barbeque in a secured area.

Store freezers inside, not on decks or in carports.

Please contact the Environmental Division at 604-469-4628 if you observe a bear feeding off any of the attractants listed above.

Bear encounters

If you encounter a bear, you should remain calm and back away slowly. Never run away.

For more information on how to respond to a bear encounter, review the BC Human – Wildlife Conflict guidelines.

 

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. Please contact the City if you have issues with beavers on your property.

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: