Listed below are some brief descriptions of some of the local wildlife in this region.
This is the common Black Bear. It is found in almost all areas of British
Columbia. Generally this animal is not aggressive, but extreme caution
is always used when in the area of this large animal.
Big horn Sheep are not very common in the most Southern areas of BC, but
they can be seen in the area of Keromeos on the Crowsnest Hwy. They prefer
large rock cliffs to avoid predators such as the Cougar or Grizzly Bear
as well as people.
The coyote is one of the most common creatures in this area. It feed on
pretty much anything it can get. Field mice, grouse,fish, and scavenging
from large animal kills as well. Generally it hunts alone, but has been
known to hunt with a small pack during difficult feeding seasons.
Deer of different varieties are very common throughout all of BC. They
inhabit most areas that offer grazing and shelter. Valley's are their winter
home because food is easier to find. In summer they roam into the subalpine
Mountain Goats are some of the most seldom seen animals in BC, aside from
cougars. They cling to steep wall cliffs and eats the shrubs and gras that
grow on the ledges of cliffs. There is one special place I personally have
seen a few of these creatures, Williamson Lake near Foley lake. (Chilliwack
River Valley) This is a high alpine lake surrounded by cliffs. If you do
go here, be sure not to scare them away, as I'm sure they are of the few
left in this area, perhaps the only ones.
Grouse wander the slopes of mountains picking seeds and bugs for their
food. Quite often you can here their deep sounding cooing while hiking
through the trails of the Chilliwack Valley. Grouse also supply cougars,
coyotes and other animals with food.
Cougars are some of the most cunning and efficient hunters in the animal
habitat. Cougars are quite common in Southern BC. They hunt small rodents,
birds and smaller animals such as deer and elk. Cougars are not spotted
very often in the back country due to their stealthy hunting skills. Cougars
can be aggressive IF they are protecting their young or are extremely hungry.
These are only a few of the many inhabitants of the Southern