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Bears, cougars, wolves, seals, sealions, birds and other small mammals may visit the seashore. Habituation and food conditioning are two of the leading factors that changes the behavior of wildlife. Your actions could change an animal’s life!

Examples of human behaviors leading to habituation include:

Seeking out or attempting to prolong sightings or interactions with wildlife, and not maintaining healthy boundaries (space) when encountering wildlife.

Examples of human behaviors leading to food conditioning include:

Direct feeding, indirect methods (such as leaving food or garbage unsecured or unattended during your visit), and allowing dogs to roam beaches and trails off-leash.

Wildlife signs

How to be CoastSmart

More resources can be found on the Parks Canada website and WildSafeBC