Wildlife Emergency Response Network

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Locals and visitors commonly encounter injured wildlife, but are not sure what to do or whom to call. We need to improve public knowledge in this area and provide resources and training for volunteers.

Injured birds, small mammals, raccoons, and many others rely upon volunteers to help them get to the designated wildlife rehabilitation centres (mostly located in the lower Mainland). We are creating a protocol and volunteer network to strengthen and support the community’s response to injured wildlife. 

The committee aims to work closely with existing wildlife and animal welfare advocacy groups in the local community (AWARE, Whistler Wildlife Protection GroupWAG and BearSmart, Whistler Conservation Officers, etc.)

We need volunteers! 

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VOLUNTEER PROTOCOL: How to Rescue Injured Wildlife


  • What is the purpose of the volunteer network?
    1. To help injured wildlife in the Sea to Sky get to the designated wildlife rehabilitation centres safely and quickly.
  • What wildlife do we help with?
    1. Small mammals, birds, even raccoons.
    2. Large wildlife (bears, cougars, coyotes….) should be handled by conservation officers.
  • Who can care for wildlife?
    1. It is illegal for members of the public (including veterinary clinics) to hold wildlife for longer than 24 hours. Wildlife in need of medical care need to be transferred to the nearest wildlife rehabilitation center as quickly as possible. We follow the direct guidance of the permitted provincial wildlife rehabilitation centres, such as the BCSPCA.
    2. Call the BC SPCA Provincial Call Centre at 1-855-622-7722 if you are unsure about what to do.


  • BIRDS/SMALL MAMMALS: 1-855-622-7722 (BCSPA Vancouver Wildlife In Distress Phone Number)
  • LARGE ANIMALS (bears, coyotes, cougars, etc.): 1-877-952-7277 (Whistler Conservation Officer) 
    • Roadside dead animals: within Whistler call the Animal Control sector of Whistler Bylaws (604 935 8280). For Hwy 99 from Horseshoe Bay to Function Junction call DriveBC’s Report a Highway Problem: (1-866-918-1010). 
    • Dead wild birds: 1-866-431-BIRD (2473). Several government agencies work together to investigate wild bird mortality.

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