August 17, 2016 - Houston, B.C. Ants are super busy on the move. They are hot, hungry and thirsty.
Wildlife are having to deal with an array of issues out there in the wilds this year. Some places the vegetation is so dry, food becomes scarce. Fire levels are high in the Bulkley Valley, with more extreme levels North. (As of noon, August 19, 2016, campfires and open burns to be restricted in the northwest.) Other areas throughout BC, wildfires have displaced many animals. Leaving food scarce until regrowth can catch up to the requirements needed on a daily basis for all wildlife. Forcing them into other animal's territories. Creating havoc among themselves, as their food supply diminishes quicker than normal. Forcing them yet again on to other territories. Animals deal with stress too.
Deer and moose are struggling with ticks. Rabies has been confirmed in a bat in the Terrace area. A fair number of black bear sows have given birth to triplets. Usually an indicator that there is stress in their environment.
*** Please be careful out there. The wolves are particularly brazen this year.***
We have hardly seen any moose or deer since spring. Last winter, Doug came upon the remains of moose and also a large pile of deer legs and guts from poachers. He spoke with the conservation officer about the discovery. Someone killed a cow moose in a field near the bottom of Hungry Hill, we were informed this spring. The cow had been killed for the fetus only. She was left behind to rot. Moose fetuses are considered a delicacy by some people. Apparently this happens quite often. Poaching is a very serious concern in these parts! Wolves are not entirely to blame for the decline of any species population. They are conveniently considered the number one reason for any problem out there. They need to eat too.
If there is a shortage of food, predators will seek out alternatives that require less energy to obtain. Easy pickings. Food equals energy. If they have had no food, their energy level will be low. They will need to grab something that requires very little energy. They cannot be blamed for the situation they are in. It's a constant struggle out there. Some years more so than others.
Remember, this is wild country. Exercise caution, more so than usual this year. Stay safe!
Heat can cause cougars to become more aggressive. They’re out there, they’re stressed and they’re going to be looking for food, says Sgt. Todd Hunter, B.C. Conservation Service.
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- Late summer fishing bans sought for central B.C. rivers
- Prince George man says dog saved him during frightening bear attack
- Controversial fish farm footage released
- Man in hospital after wolf attack at northern Saskatchewan mine
- Port Coquitlam bear busts into bear-resistant bin
- Young male grizzly bear shot and killed on Sunshine Coast
- Education is key in preventing bear deaths
- 9 bears killed in 1 week has B.C. conservation officer warning 'there could be more'
- Revelstoke calls for dedicated conservation officer after 3 bears shot in 1 day
- Search underway for bear that followed hiker in North Shore park
- Witnesses describe desperate attempt to free 10-year-old from bear attack
- Bear chases man along popular North Vancouver trail
- Encounters expected to increase as B.C. bears begin late summer feeding frenzy
- Coquitlam bear attack could have been prevented, say local residents
- BC Conservation Service won’t investigate North Vancouver black bear encounter posted to YouTube (VIDEO)
- After bear attack, Coquitlam plans crackdown on unsecured garbage
- Hunters who survived bear attack in Peace Region meet rescuers
- B.C. teen uses kitchen knife to fight off bear attacking his dog
- B.C. woman, 69, suffers cuts in bear attack
- Prince George, BC bear attack
- Pacer, the “hero” dog, saves B.C. trail runner from bear attack
- B.C. conservation officer kills bear cub by lethal injection
- B.C. conservation officer, suspended after refusing to kill two black bear cubs, won’t return to his job
- Orphaned black bear cubs saved by conservation officer to be released
- B.C. conservation officers aren't happy after seeing video of man hand-feeding bear
- B.C. conservation officers criticized for ‘cavalier’ killing of predators
- Problem bear, three cubs euthanized in Salmon Arm
- Fury erupts over decision to kill young B.C. bear
- Port Moody bear deaths blamed on garbage
- Bear had to be killed
- Northern Lights Wildlife shelter needs help with record bear cub count
- Animal Shelter ‘Bearly’ Getting by – Put Out Call for Donations
- Prince George bear cubs recovering at shelter after mother shot by conservation officers
- Bear rehabber says B.C.’s 'ridiculous' policy of killing cubs not based on scientific reality
- Bear cub killing prompts calls for policy change
- Conservation officers seek tips after black bear shot in Squamish
- British Columbia source of ‘vast majority’ of bear trophies
- Human-Grizzly Conflict Is Fueled by Desperation
- Aggressive bears force closure of B.C.'s Pebble Creek/Keyhole Falls hot springs trail
- Grizzly bear shot dead inside Kimberley home
- Warning issued after cougar spotted on popular North Vancouver trail
- VIDEO: Vancouver Island man has 45-minute stare-down with cougar
- Jogger uses rock to battle cougar in Vancouver Island attack
- Cougar spotted on Kettle Valley Railway line in Penticton
- Cougar encounters create buzz in Comox Valley
- (News Video): Nanaimo Cougar Encounter
- Puppy killed in Vancouver Island cougar attack despite owner's attempts to save him
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- Salmon Confidential, Documentary - Salmon Farms in Canada & Diseased Salmon
- Horsefly River Salmon Festival cancelled because of lack of sockeye
- Record warm weather continues to threaten Pacific salmon, federal panel says
- Lower Fraser ban on salmon fishing hits sport fishery hard
- Deadly salmon disease found in B.C. farmed stock, federal scientists say
- Millions of B.C. salmon mysteriously ‘just disappear’ in troubling year
- Wildfire season starts early in B.C., raising fears about the summer to come
- Kamloops grass fires a reminder of dangerous, dry conditions
- Hot, dry summer causing 'weather whiplash'
- Dry weather prompts campfire ban on most of the Island
- Dry forest conditions in BC cause for concern
- Hot, dry, windy conditions could complicate wildfire-fighting efforts in BC
- Dry conditions prompt voluntary water restrictions on Haida Gwaii
- Skeena-Nass Now at Level 3 Drought Rating
- More Than 60% of BC Moose Infested with Winter Ticks
- How rabies is suddenly on the rise in Canada
- First rabid bat attack in over a decade in Terrace, B.C.
- What you should know about bats and rabies
- Glacier melt in B.C. mountains reaches 'shocking' levels
- Troubled waters ahead for shrinking Bridge Glacier in southwestern B.C.
- Study shows glaciers receding
- Rocky Mountains could lose 90 per cent of glaciers by 2100
- B.C. glacier melted at unprecedented rate this summer
- Special weather statement issued for B.C.’s South Coast