Submitted by WildSafeBC
WildSafeBC invites everyone in British Columbia to join us in celebrating the 4th Annual BC Goes Wild this September. September is historically a month where human-bear conflicts are at their highest. BC Goes Wild coincides with this month to bring awareness to these issues while also promoting ways we can live, work, play and grow in wildlife country. Local WildSafeBC Community Coordinators will be hosting events in their communities which will include activities such as nature walks, fruit presses, bear spray demonstrations, wildlife art and more. No matter where you live in BC, you can participate by entering our BC Goes Wild Photo Contest or by sharing your WildSafe activities by tagging us online #wildsafebc.
WildSafeBC Coordinators Jen Baker (Radium and RDEK) and Jenna Milne (Invermere) will be hosting BC Goes Wild Events on September 7th. Come visit the WildSafeBC booth on Saturday morning at the Invermere Farmer’s Market from 9-1 p.m. Learn about local wildlife, how to manage attractants and play some games. Join us later that afternoon at 2:30 p.m. over at the Radium Library. Kids will learn to “Think Like a Bear” while parents will have the chance for hands on practice with inert bear spray. We will then learn how to set up a “bare” camp while in bear country and listen to stories from your local Conservation Officer. The afternoon will wrap up with s’mores and a viewing of the short film, “Staying Safe in Bear Country”. Although indoor space is available depending on weather, activities will be primarily outdoors. Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Please bring a folding chair and RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com if you are interested in attending. For more information, check out the event posting on our Facebook page.
The BC Goes Wild Photo Contest returns this year with 3 categories: WildSafe Wildlife, WildSafe Activities and WildSafe Rangers (for young photographers aged 13-17). WildSafeBC recognizes that taking photos of wildlife can sometimes put people and wildlife at risk. As such, WildSafeBC has developed a Photography Code of Ethics that are required to be followed when submitting photos. The intent is to reduce negative impacts on wildlife that may interfere with their natural behaviours or may put people at risk if they are too close to their subjects.
Tag us through Instagram, Facebook and Twitter #wildsafebc and share with us how you live, work, play and grow in BC in manner that reduces conflict with wildlife and helps keep wildlife wild and your community safe. You may be featured in our #SaturdaySpotlight where we highlight innovative and practical ways people are #WildSafe. These activities can include: securing garbage and compost indoors until the morning of collection; picking fruit prior to it being fully ripe and letting it ripen in a secure location; using a properly installed electric fence to deter wildlife from accessing attractants; keeping your pet on a leash; carrying bear spray while running, hiking and biking in wildlife country; freezing smelly items until the day of collection; taking down bird feeders while bears and rodents are most active; packing out attractants from parks and other wild places, and many more.
We can all do our part in reducing conflict with wildlife which will help keep wildlife wild and our community safe. To learn more, you can contact your local WildSafeBC Coordinator or visit www.wildsafebc.com.