Year-end report from Rossland/Trail WildSafeBC to come out online this month. (Photo by Bill Pennell on Unsplash)

Garbage, fruit trees led to 4 bears destroyed in Rossland

Rossland/Trail WildSafeBC says 5 bears destroyed this season

Mismanaged refuse and fruit trees led to five bears being destroyed by conservation officers this season – four in Rossland and one in Trail.

Previous: Bears spotted in Greater Trail

That’s one more black bear destroyed in the alpine city compared to 2018, though the number is status quo for Trail.

“Garbage and fruit trees remain the top high conflict animal attractants in Rossland and Trail and black bears remain the most frequently reported wildlife,” says coordinator Katie Swinwood.

“Visit our website at WildSafeBC.com to learn how to manage wildlife attractants to prevent human-wildlife conflicts in your neighbourhood.”

With bears almost all denned up for the winter, the WildSafeBC Rossland/Trail program is also going into hibernation until spring.

“Once again, WildSafeBC had an active year assisting the community with several wildlife conflicts throughout Rossland and Trail,” Swinwood summarized.

“The program included door-to-door canvassing, garbage tagging, attendance at public events, and delivery of the WildSafe Ranger elementary school program.”

She encourages locals to visit the WildSafeBC website later this month to review her year-end report.

“And see what the Rossland/Trail WildSafeBC Community Coordinator was able to accomplish this year.”

During the winter months, Swinwood advises that wildlife conflicts be reported to the provincial RAPP line at 1-877-952-7277. Urgent questions can be directed to WildSafeBC via email at bc@wildsafebc.com.

“Until our program resumes in the spring, please visit wildsafebc.com,” she added. “And follow our Facebook page for updates, tips, and other information to assist you in keeping wildlife wild and communities safe.”

WildSafeBC is the provincial leader in preventing conflict with wildlife through collaboration, education, and community solutions. It is owned and delivered by the British Columbia Conservation Foundation (BCCF) and has evolved out of the highly successful Bear Aware program.

While the Bear Aware program dealt with the immediate concerns communities and the province had with bears, the BCCF realized early on that conflicts with other wildlife were also increasing.

As an answer to these other concerns, the WildSafeBC program was developed in 2013.

While the organization still provides information necessary to reduce human-bear conflicts, it also provides information on dealing with a wide variety of other species such as deer, cougars, coyotes and even rattlesnakes.

Founded in 1969 by the B.C. Wildlife Federation, the BCCF is a registered society and charity.

Established to achieve ‘on-the-ground’ conservation success, the society has been involved in over 5,000 research, restoration, mapping and education projects and has helped to deliver programs in more than 30 B.C. communities.



newsroom@trailtimes.ca

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Masters of Music

Many talented performers came from the city’s early music scene

The facts of life

Letter to the Editor from Thorpe Watson, Russ Babcock, and Warren Watson

Trial of RCMP officer begins in Nelson’s Capitol Theatre

Jason Tait is charged with manslaughter after an incident in 2015

Nine new COVID-19 cases announced in Interior Health region

The total number of cases since the pandemic started is now at 531 for the region

Trail green-lights wintertime purchases

Council gave their approval at the Sept. 14 governance meeting

Weekend sees 267 cases, 3 deaths in B.C.; Dr. Henry says events leading to COVID spread

There are currently 1,302 active cases in B.C., while 3,372 people are under public health monitoring

Canada’s population tops 38 million, even as COVID-19 pandemic slows growth

Immigration, the top population driver, decreased due to the pandemic

Lightning strike: Tampa Bay blanks Dallas 2-0 to win Stanley Cup

Hedman wins Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP

Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

Join Black Press Media and Do Some Good

Pay it Forward program supports local businesses in their community giving

16 MLAs retiring from B.C. politics add up to $20M in pensions: Taxpayers Federation

Taxpayers pay $4 for every dollar MLAs contribute to their pensions

Liberals seek to fast track new COVID-19 aid bill after CERB expires

Government secured NDP support for legislation by hiking amount of benefits by $100 to $500 per week

B.C. VOTES 2020: Echoes of HST in B.C. debate over sales tax

Cannabis, tobacco, luxury cars still taxed in B.C. Liberal plan

She warned her son about toxic drugs, then he was dead

Donna Bridgman’s son died at the age of 38 in Vancouver

Most Read