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Predators can cause a variety of serious problems for everyone from urban dog owners, to commercial and industrial clients, and even across entire municipalities. Common issues with predators are typically aggressive behavior towards people and pets, and livestock loss.
Humane Solutions has considerable experience and expertise in predator management in urban and rural environments. We look at assessing the problem, identifying risks and impacts, designing target specific wildlife management plans and implementing actions for effective sustainable results.
Factors like overpopulation, adaptation, and disease can cause some predators to develop worse habits than others. In many situations, these animals can simply be deterred or moved elsewhere. However, in the worst circumstances these individuals are too dangerous to be live-trapped and relocated to another jurisdiction, as they will more than likely find their way to the nearest urban center and continue their learned behavior.
We have experience managing predators in every situation: private property, commercial properties, industrial settings, and academic studies.
Some predators are learning to thrive in urban environments, and most notable is the coyote. These generalists are carving out niches new to ecology, and populations are exploding in urban centers around the globe. Individual, reactive management is the standard, but the solution that achieves a systemic result with longevity, is always going to be a scientific, population-wide management strategy.
Whether we’re talking about large parcel of private or corporate land, or an entire municipality, we are able to assess your local ecosystem and develop a site-specific management strategy to bring your predator problems under control.
Let’s be proactive, so we can kill less and achieve more.
Human-wildlife conflict is not confined to prey species, predators habituated to metropolitan areas become unique animals with drastically varying personalities and levels of education. Once a problem predator is identified, we would be looking at mitigation and corrective, conditioning strategies. Waiting until they misbehave enough to justify being shot by conservation officers is NOT management, it does not address the root cause.
Our founder, Joe Abercrombie, started his career pioneering urban and industrial wildlife control in Alberta. When he wasn’t running high-profile operations on industrial sites or in urban centers, he participated in many ongoing wildlife conservation projects and studies throughout the province. Most notable has been the Edmonton Urban Coyote Project, where Joe live trapped 30+ coyotes for research in the middle of Edmonton. Trapping urban coyotes is hard enough, but running this project without any negative interaction with people or pets was due to Joe’s unique expertise, and his ability to innovate on traditional methods. Five publications from the research are available here.
As a highly adaptable species with minimal competition in urban areas, coyotes have fulfilled a biological niche utilizing space and food resources directly and indirectly provided by people. Besides posing a direct safety concern to humans and pets alike, conflicts arise due habituation and the overlapping of spatial and temporal ecological requirements.
Notorious for small farm animal predation, foxes have been known to cause conflict within rural and suburban British Columbia. However, these interactions are often offset by farmers who acknowledge their ability to manage rodent populations. Nonetheless these predators have been recorded to significantly impact game bird populations during nesting season predating on eggs, juveniles and occasionally waterfowl, grouse and pheasant adults.
Weasels are frequent predators of rats, mice, voles, rabbits and poultry in urban, suburban and rural environments. Although a biological control for rodent populations, these carnivores can inflict large financial losses on domestic fowl farmers, as prey is often indiscriminately killed on a regular basis to supplement their high metabolic rates.
Due to our team’s biological expertise, we are able to accurately assess the variables involved, whilst providing insight into the animals’ specific behavior and conflict mitigation measures through resource management, physical exclusion and humane trapping.
Report Coyote Sightings
Please report coyote sightings and interactions in the Greater Vancouver Area to the Stanley Park Ecological Society. They run an interactive Coyote Sightings Map that is collecting insightful data which could aid in local predator management.