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Don’t Let It Loose! Be a Responsible Pet Owner

As a suitable follow up from #WorldTurtleDay yesterday and to highlight the population of endangered Painted Turtles who make Burnaby Lake Regional Park their home.

The Invasive Species Council of BC has proclaimed May  as Invasive Species Action Month.

While we usually think of invasive plants first, they also include animals and organisms that are not native to BC, and have serious impacts on our environment, economy and society. Invasive species can out-compete native species for food and space, damage ecosystems, disrupt food sources and introduce parasites and disease.  Some of the most serious invasive species were originally sold as pets or plants for water gardens and aquariums.

Most pets don’t survive in the wild – some die by being killed by predators or hit by cars, and others die of starvation. It is inhumane to release an animal into an environment it is not accustomed to. Releasing a pet into an unsuitable habitat is also considered animal cruelty and charges can be laid (BC SPCA).  However, several species have the ability to thrive and reproduce in their new environment.

The following exotic pet and plant species are commonly released into the wild, and have had serious impacts on BC’s native ecosystems and natural flora and fauna.

  • Red Eared Slider Turtles
  • European Rabbit
  • American Bullfrog
  • Koi Carp
  • Goldfish
  • Eurasian Watermilfoil
  • Parrot Feather
  • Brazilian Elodea

For example, the  Endangered Western Painted Turtle is a native Species at Risk within Burnaby Lake Regional Park and has faced many challenges with Red Eared Slider Turtles from pet shops that people have released into Burnaby Lake when they decide they no longer want their pet.  with which they compete.

Plants and animals should never be released into the wild: For information on actions to take visit and  Any sightings of these or other invasive species should be reported to the local invasive species committee.  Remember to sign the Don’t Let It Loose Commitment Form.

Well, that was a nuisance…

Sorry about the delay in bringing the BLPA website back to its former glory. It was hacked and selling stuff. With vacation and work it has taken this long to get at it.

The events calendar is incomplete at the moment and some of the pictures are not showing up quite correctly.  We hope to have that remedied in the next couple of days.

BLPA Annual Open House – Helping Wildlife

This year at our BLPA Annual Open House on Sunday, December 7, we are collecting non-perishable items for our friends at WRA Wildlife Rescue Association of BC. There are some household items you may have that you were putting aside to donate anyway. Do your pre-holiday home clean up – the animals and WRA will be thankful!

You will also get an extra entry into our door prize draw!

Cleaning supplies

  • Laundry detergent, hand soap, (unscented), Dish soap
  • Bleach
  • Face & dish cloths, Hand towels (good condition)
  • Disposable gloves
  • Garbage bags (industrial size)
  • Q-tips
  • Rectangular laundry baskets
  • Large plastic storage bins with lids

Household supplies

  • White Board markers
  • Tape (masking, packing, duct & painter’s)
  • Batteries (AA, AAA)
  • Scissors & kitchen shears
  • Small/medium mirrors
  • Glass tea-light holders (shallow), Shot glasses

Check the list for more non-perishable items: