Conservation

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Okanagan man receives fine, on hunting probation after shooting buck along Lakeshore Road

The event happened in Feb. 2021, during the hunting offseason

 

Cow Moose Sign Project founder Dan Simmons is thrilled the provincial government is stopping the antlerless moose hunt in Region 7. (Angie Mindus file photo - Williams Lake Tribune)

B.C. group applauds province for protecting cow moose in Omineca region

Regulation changes will see calf and cow moose hunts left out of the Limited Entry Hunt in Region 7

 

Peter Pauwels, a retired conservation officer, says the job offers many interesting and rewarding moments, but there are many challenges. “We have to do many unpleasant things in this job. The amount of animals I’ve had to kill is staggering. (Contrtibuted - Peter Pauwels)

We don’t enjoy ‘killing animals,’ says former B.C. conservation officer

Peter Pauwels discusses the challenges and rewards of 30 years on the job

 

Kootenay Lake’s shore spawning kokanee restoration and research project is in Year 3, with funding from the FWCP Columbia Region. Photo: File

Kokanee restoration, bull trout monitoring underway in Kootenay-Columbia

FWCP supports Friends of Kootenay Lake Stewardship Society & Salmo Watershed Streamkeepers Society

Kootenay Lake’s shore spawning kokanee restoration and research project is in Year 3, with funding from the FWCP Columbia Region. Photo: File
Skills Cente staff Alison Girard, Jay Shete, and Alia Locken display some of the work the Skills Centre has accomplished in the last year. Photo: Submitted

After 25 years of West Kootenay success, future shines bright for Skills Centre

“Several of our programs ran at full capacity, and the rest were almost full,” says Morag Carter.

Skills Cente staff Alison Girard, Jay Shete, and Alia Locken display some of the work the Skills Centre has accomplished in the last year. Photo: Submitted
Drill Hall in Rossland, circa 1910. Photo: RosslandMuseum.ca

Society moves closer to establishing Rossland Drill Hall heritage, significance

The Drill Hall, also referred to as the Armories or Annex, was built in 1904 by David Ewart

Drill Hall in Rossland, circa 1910. Photo: RosslandMuseum.ca
Located at the north end of Slocan Lake and straddling the mouth of Bonanza Creek, land donated by the Alvarez family builds on efforts to protect the entire Bonanza Marsh wetland. Photo: Submitted

Former Trail family gifts beloved wetland to nature conservancy

“It would be hard to overstate the value of this land from a conservation perspective.”

Located at the north end of Slocan Lake and straddling the mouth of Bonanza Creek, land donated by the Alvarez family builds on efforts to protect the entire Bonanza Marsh wetland. Photo: Submitted
Members of the community touring the Jewel Lake area prescription area. Photo: Dan Macmaster

Boundary wildfire risk reduction a model of collaboration

The project was undertaken in an area 20 minutes north of Greenwood

Members of the community touring the Jewel Lake area prescription area. Photo: Dan Macmaster
Trail water restrictions are applicable until Sept. 30. Photo: Unsplash

City of Trail water restrictions in effect

Lawn watering permitted odd numbered days for odd numbered premises

Trail water restrictions are applicable until Sept. 30. Photo: Unsplash
A baby red-tailed hawk, right, originally captured as live food for an eaglet, left, has become part of a family of eagles on Gabriola Island. The eagles are feeding and caring for it after the eaglet wouldn’t kill it when it was brought to the nest in early June. (Photo courtesy Sharron Palmer-Hunt)

From food to family member: Baby B.C. hawk goes from eagle bait to roommate

Red-tailed hawklet brought to the nest as food instead gets adopted by eagles near Nanaimo

A baby red-tailed hawk, right, originally captured as live food for an eaglet, left, has become part of a family of eagles on Gabriola Island. The eagles are feeding and caring for it after the eaglet wouldn’t kill it when it was brought to the nest in early June. (Photo courtesy Sharron Palmer-Hunt)
Wayne McCrory in 2005 with his granddaughters on a grizzly viewing trail developed by the Valhalla Wilderness Society in the Selkirk Mountains. Photo: Submitted

West Kootenay conservationist wins Land Champion Award

Biologist Wayne McCrory has been recognized by the Real Estate Foundation of B.C.

Wayne McCrory in 2005 with his granddaughters on a grizzly viewing trail developed by the Valhalla Wilderness Society in the Selkirk Mountains. Photo: Submitted
The Campbell River Estuary Conservation Area. (Photo/Nature Conservancy of Canada).

Federal goal to conserve 25% of land by 2025 achievable – with work: advocate

Protecting land requires time and money, says B.C. Vice President of conservation organization

The Campbell River Estuary Conservation Area. (Photo/Nature Conservancy of Canada).
Signage warning about a bear on the loose in Port Hardy. Photo:Tyson Whitney

Put your phone away; bear sightings are nothing new

It’s nothing new so put your phones away and leave them alone

Signage warning about a bear on the loose in Port Hardy. Photo:Tyson Whitney
The BC Conservation Officer Service is asking people not to disturb fawns, even if they appear alone. Photo: AP/Mike Groll

Letter: ‘Don’t be a fawn-napper’

Lonely-looking fawns likely aren’t actually abandoned, conservation service says

  • May 31, 2022
The BC Conservation Officer Service is asking people not to disturb fawns, even if they appear alone. Photo: AP/Mike Groll
The BC Conservation Officer Service is asking people not to disturb fawns, even if they appear alone. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)

‘Don’t be a fawn-napper’: BC Conservation reminds public to leave baby deer alone

Lonely-looking fawns likely aren’t actually abandoned, conservation service says

The BC Conservation Officer Service is asking people not to disturb fawns, even if they appear alone. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)
Bear viewing guide and expert Ellie Lamb is concerned B.C. conservation officers are euthanizing too many bears, but the conservation service says it’s always a last resort. (Submitted: Tracy Duncan)

BC Conservation needs oversight on bear euthanizations, expert argues

More than 600 bears killed in B.C. in 2021

Bear viewing guide and expert Ellie Lamb is concerned B.C. conservation officers are euthanizing too many bears, but the conservation service says it’s always a last resort. (Submitted: Tracy Duncan)
Abbe Teasdale is filling a seasonal role as the RDKB WaterSmart Ambassador. Photo: RDKB

Ambassador ready to help Kootenay Boundary water users

“WaterSmart Ambassadors have a huge impact on the ground,” says the RDKB’s Gabe Wiebe.

Abbe Teasdale is filling a seasonal role as the RDKB WaterSmart Ambassador. Photo: RDKB
The BC Conservation Officer Service has recommended charges against a Lower Mainland man for feeding wildlife. (Courtesy of the National Park Service)

Lower Mainland resident allegedly fed bears and coyotes for months

B.C. conservation officers have recommended charges against them

The BC Conservation Officer Service has recommended charges against a Lower Mainland man for feeding wildlife. (Courtesy of the National Park Service)
Two orphaned grizzly bear cubs run while playing at the Greater Vancouver Zoo on July 8, 2020. Records obtained by non-profit Fur-Bearers show 77 bears cubs and juveniles were euthanized in B.C. in 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

77 young bears killed in 2021, sparking complaint from animal rights group

Group argues B.C. Conservation euthanized some bears when no clear threat to public existed

Two orphaned grizzly bear cubs run while playing at the Greater Vancouver Zoo on July 8, 2020. Records obtained by non-profit Fur-Bearers show 77 bears cubs and juveniles were euthanized in B.C. in 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
A very large black bear broke into a West Trail house in the early hours of May 8. By the time the bruin retreated, five windows were shattered. Conservation was called. Photo: Submitted

Bears are back: Bruin smashes 5 windows breaking into Trail home

Hungry bear has Trail police are warning locals to stay vigilant with bear smart practices

A very large black bear broke into a West Trail house in the early hours of May 8. By the time the bruin retreated, five windows were shattered. Conservation was called. Photo: Submitted