BC Conservation Officer Service – RAPP and Wildlife Safety Links

BC Conservation Officer Service – RAPP and Wildlife Safety Links

October 27, 2022

There have been numerous sightings of a bear in the downtown core. We recommend you report these sightings to the BC Conservation Officer.

If you observe dangerous wildlife in an urban area involved in any of the following, please report the incident:

  • Accessing garbage or other human supplied food sources.
  • Instances where wildlife cannot be easily scared off.
  • Dangerous wildlife is in a public location like a city park or school during daylight hours.
  • When a cougar or wolf is seen in a urban area.

Observing dangerous wildlife in the woods, back country, forested areas or a wildlife interface is normal. We recommend that anyone spending time in these areas should ensure that they are familiar with how to react should they encounter dangerous wildlife.

The Report All Poachers and Polluters (RAPP) hotline should be used to report wildlife-human interactions where public safety may be at risk.

The RAPP program is a toll-free tip line and online service which is available 24/7.

Call 1-877-952-7277 (RAPP) or #7277 on the TELUS Mobility Network.

Here are some sites to assist as well:

https://alpha.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/environment/natural-resource-stewardship/natural-resource-law-enforcement/conservation-officer-service/cos-rapp – RAPP site

https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/environment/plants-animals-ecosystems/wildlife/human-wildlife-conflict/report-human-wildlife-conflict – Reporting and solutions to Conflict with Wildlife

https://wildsafebc.com/ – Wildsafe BC site is an excellent information source on living with wildlife on our communities