Fifth annual BC Goes Wild Sept. 19 and 20
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.
In Kimberley and Cranbrook, WildSafeBC Coordinator Danica Roussy (pictured above) will be hosting BC Goes Wild Events on September 19 and 20.
On September 19 in Cranbrook, WildSafeBC will provide a wildlife safety talk followed by a bear spray demonstration at the Cranbrook Community Forest trail head in the College of the Rockies parking lot at 10 – 11 a.m. Please leave your dogs at home.
September 20 in Kimberley, WildSafeBC will co-host the annual Harvest Party with Wildsight.
The garden opens at 1p.m.; at 1:15-2 p.m. WildSafeBC will put on a wildlife safety talk followed by a bear spray demonstration.
At 2-2:30 p.m. there will be a talk on a food hub / attractant management and from 2:30-3 p.m. everyone can participate in harvesting from the garden. For more information, check out the event posting on our Facebook page or contact us at [email protected]
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 Danica Roussy or visit www.wildsafebc.com.
WildSafeBC Kimberley – Cranbrook is grateful for the generous support the program receives from its funders including The City of Cranbrook, The City of Kimberley, The Regional District of East Kootenays, Columbia Basin Trust the British Columbia Conservation Foundation and the BC Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy. If you would like to support our work, there are many ways you can get involved. Donations are always appreciated.
Kimberley – Cranbrook WildSafeBC