Urban Wildlife in Richmond
Richmond, like most cities on the edge of the wilderness, is host to a large number of non-human species, some of which were here before permanent human occupation, others that we have actively brought with us, and others that, once human activities had changed the environment to their liking, happily moved in. Many of us only become aware of these animals when they negatively affect our suburban lives, when a sidewalk is fouled, when a lawn is damaged, or when there are unwelcome, non-human sounds coming from the attic or crawl space.
The ones that live among us, sharing city and neighbourhoods, can do so because they are very adaptable, and find our habits and the habitats we create—structures as well as green spaces—easy places to find food, shelter and in those that breed here, nurseries for their young. Another factor favouring their survival is the absence of natural predators such as wolves and cougars, which were eradicated from Richmond long ago.
This series of information pages cover a number of species that are known to most of us and familiar to many. All have activities that can cause conflict with humans as they live their lives among ours; these species include:
The pages above provide information on why and how these animals are here, what they do here, how we encourage their presence and what we can do to discourage them from damaging our homes and gardens.
Common “pest” species not included are rats and house mice. For rodent issues, contact Environmental Health (Richmond Health Services) at 604-233-3147.