Smaller wild animals are making themselves known throughout the East Kootenay region.
WildSafe BC in Kimberley and Cranbrook saw an increase in skunk sightings around Cranbrook and Kimberley this year.
Community Coordinator Danica Roussy says they’ve also started receiving reports of raccoons showing up outside Cranbrook homes.
“We’ve had an increase in actually raccoons,” Roussy says. “Skunk season all across the East Kootenay, Fernie’s got an increase in skunks, Creston as well, all the way up to Invermere. That’s an interesting study that we’ll be looking more into that as well.”
She says like all other animals, keep attractants indoors to deal with the issue.
“Attractants will keep animals there, so once that wildlife is in your yard, its best to visit WildSafe BC’s WildSafe yard suggestions page,” Roussy says. “There’s a little self-audit checklist for you to remove all the attractants from your yard and hopefully your neighbours can catch on.”
Some other unique animals spotted around Cranbrook this year include wolverines, wolves and foxes.
– Danica Roussy, WildSafe BC Kimberley-Cranbrook Community Coordinator
(Photo taken by Derek Kortschaga in Cranbrook)