British Columbia

Eagles, bear cubs starving on Vancouver Island

A wildlife recovery centre on Vancouver Island says it is overrun with starving animals.

A wildlife recovery centre on Vancouver Island says it is overrun with starving animals.

Sylvia Campbell, who works with black bear cubs at the North Island Wildlife Recovery Centre near Parksville, said high season has started much earlier than normal.

"Usually we get them in May, so our baby season has started with a bang," Campbell said.

"We've had 19 bear cubs that have come on and we've been able to release nine but that's a very intense time for us — a lot of feeding going on, a lot of cleaning, a lot of man hours for sure."

On Saturday, the centre held a ceremony to release a five-year-old bald eagle that was found starving over the winter.

Julie Mackey, who also speaks for the wildlife centre, said eagles and other animals having trouble finding enough to eat is becoming more common.

"Food sources haven't been the greatest. We generally see a lot of springtime intakes with baby animals and that type of thing, but over the winter we will see a lot of the birds of prey come in," Mackey said.

The centre asks that people report animals that look to be starving or abandonded, rather than trying to intervene themselves.

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