The animals shown below are not native, but are well established on Salt Spring. Under the British Columbia Wildlife Act, a wildlife permit or license is not required to kill alien animals (all regulations regarding use of firearms still apply).
Black Rat Rattus rattus Introduced rats prey upon native birds and can cause considerable damage around buildings and gardens. Rat problems near dwellings can be minimized by tightly securing garbage and by avoiding the placement of
Brown Rat Rattus norvegicus The Brown Rat or Norway Rat is globally widespread and costs primary industry hundreds of millions of dollars per year. It has caused or contributed to the extinction or range reduction
Bullfrog The bullfrog is a large brownish or greenish frog (up to eight inches) with a skin fold around the ear. Bullfrogs are invading Salt Spring Island, having escaped from frog farms in other communities
Rabbits Eastern cottontails and domestic European rabbits have been released on Salt Spring. They can easily destroy native plants and gardens. European rabbits excavate extensive burrow systems that have resulted in considerable damage in
This large grey or black tree squirrel was introduced to Vancouver Island in the1960s and its range has been expanded by wildlife rehabilitation centers. It may pose a significant risk to Garry oak tree
Reduced predation and hunting pressure have allowed deer populations to increase on Salt Spring Island far above natural levels. A recent study in the Gulf Islands showed that deer have over-browsed native vegetation and reduced the diversity and abundance of birds.
Information on deer-proofing, fencing and living with deer:
Black-tailed deer Reduced predation and hunting pressure have allowed deer populations to increase on Salt Spring Island far above natural levels. A recent study in the Gulf Islands showed that deer have over-browsed native vegetation