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CONFLICT QUEEN  Kara Haugseth is the new WildsafeBC community co-ordinator for Invermere and Radium Hot Springs. Photo submitted

CONFLICT QUEEN Kara Haugseth is the new WildsafeBC community co-ordinator for Invermere and Radium Hot Springs. Photo submitted

WildSafeBC has a new face in the Invermere and Radium Hot Springs area. Kara Haugseth has joined the WildSafeBC program as the local community co-ordinator.

Following a week-long training session in Kamloops, Ms. Haugseth is now about to launch a season of door-to-door campaigning, school programs, public displays and generally working with the public to help keep wildlife wild and our communities safe. WildSafeBC has found that if wildlife is kept from becoming food-conditioned or habituated to the presence of humans, then they retain their natural wariness of humans and the potential for conflict can be greatly reduced.

WildSafeBC provides conflict reduction advice for all types of wildlife everything from bears, coyotes, cougars, deer, raccoons and even rattlesnakes for those communities that have them.

Ms. Haugseth encourages residents to go WildSafeBCs interactive mapping program to see where, when and why wildlife has been seen in their neighbourhood. The website is found at www.warp.wildsafebc.com .

Residents concerned about wildlife in their community or persons wishing to book Ms. Haugseth for a presentation at an event can contact her by either email at Invermere@wildsafebc.com, radium@wildsafebc.com or by calling 250-342-9281, extension 1226 (Invermere), or 250-347-6455 (Radium).

WildSafeBC gratefully acknowledges the support of Columbia Basin Trust, the District of Invermere, and the Village of Radium Hot Springs. Without their support this valuable program would not exist. To learn more, visit www.wildsafebc.com or find WildSafeBC Columbia Valley on Facebook.