Living With Wildlife
For the safety of pets and wildlife: keep your dog on a leash and do not leave pet food unattended.©Parks Canada / M. Hobson, 1990 / A-7
Pacific Rim National Park Reserve is responsible for preserving the significant natural and cultural features of the park, and protecting both wildlife and visitors.
When you visit the West Coast Trail, the Broken Group Islands or the Long Beach Unit of the park, you are visiting an area that is home to a diverse array of wildlife. What you do can have an impact on the safety of wildlife and your safety and other park visitors. Bears, cougars, wolves, shorebirds and intertidal animals are only a few examples of the wildlife you may encounter. For wildlife, the park is an important feeding, resting and living area.
The activities of the wildlife and the public are sometimes in conflict. A conflict can range from a black bear coming into a campsite to investigate the smell of a forgotten tube of toothpaste, to a dog chasing resting shorebirds, to a wolf attacking an unleashed dog.
Under the Canada National Parks Act there are regulations to protect both the wildlife and the visitor. Parks Canada staff close areas such as trails and campsites periodically to prevent visitor-wildlife conflicts.
These closures serve two purposes:
- They allow park wildlife undisturbed access to sites important to them such as feeding areas, den sites and other seasonally important areas.
- They keep humans out of areas where there is an increased risk of human-wildlife conflicts.
Learn more about the wildlife that shares this national park with you!
Pacific Rim National Park Reserve supports a healthy population of black bears.©Parks Canada
Be aware that:
What you can do to reduce human /wildlife conflicts:
- Ask park staff about wildlife cautions/closures and the Living with Wildlife initiative.
- Keep your dog on a leash at all times.
- Never allow wildlife access to food, garbage, toiletries, or coolers.
- Report any bear, wolf or cougar sightings to park staff.
- Follow marine mammal and seabird viewing guidelines.