The WildsafeBC program for the Columbia Valley provides public education and outreach, and conflict reduction advice for all types of wildlife.
WildSafeBC is a program delivered by the BC Conservation Foundation that evolved out of the very successful Bear Aware program, which started in 1999.
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.
The WildSafeBC motto of “Keeping wildlife wild — and communities safe” underscores the belief that if we can keep wildlife living in the wild we can, in turn, make our communities safer for us and keep wildlife from coming to harm.
Residents concerned about wildlife in their community can contact Corinna Strauss, the Columbia Valley WildSafeBC Coordinator by email at email@example.com or by calling 780-722-2589 or the RAPP line.
Wildsafe Columbia Valley 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.
For the WildSafeBC Community Reports, visit https://wildsafebc.com/ then select:
- PROGRAMS > COMMUNITY REPORTS > SELECT YEAR > Radium and RDEK F & G
A note from our local Wildsafe BC Coordinator
Columbia Valley, June 1st, 2020
WildSafeBC is the provincial leader in preventing conflict with wildlife through collaboration, education and community solutions and is delivered by the BC Conservation Foundation in communities across BC. Corinna Strauss, is back this season as the WildSafeBC Columbia Valley Coordinator. While the COVID-‐19 pandemic may be keeping many of us at home, that is not true for the bears and other wildlife that live nearby. As Community Coordinator, Corinna Strauss will be working hard to reach out to community members in new and innovative ways that maintain physical distancing and safety for the community.
From May to November 30th 2020, Corinna Strauss will be involved in a number of WildSafeBC modified program initiatives including door-‐to-‐door information delivery campaigns, garbage tagging (if relevant in your community), and webinar delivery of our highly requested WildSafe Ranger Program for school –aged children as well as our Wildlife Awareness and Safety Education sessions. Please email Corinna Strauss for more information on how to register for these free programs. We will continue to provide local wildlife activity news and tips as the season progresses on our local Facebook page. We look forward to hearing from you and with your help, we can reduce conflict with wildlife and keep our community safe.
For further information on wildlife and how to reduce human-‐wildlife conflict visit www.wildsafebc.com, follow WildSafeBC Columbia Valley on Facebook, or contact your local Community Coordinator, Corinna Strauss , at firstname.lastname@example.org or 780-‐722-‐2589.
Please report wildlife in conflict to the Conservation Officer Service 24/7 at 1-‐877-‐952-‐7277. Residents can also report sightings of bear, cougar, coyote or wolf in an urban area. These reports are uploaded daily to WildSafeBC’s Wildlife Alert Reporting Program (WARP), available at www.wildsafebc.com/warp. This program allows the public to see what wildlife has been reported in their neighbourhood and be alerted of new sightings.
WildSafeBC Columbia Vallley is grateful for the generous support the program receives from its funders including, Regional District of East Kootenays, Village of Radium Hot Springs, District of Invermere, Columbia Basin Trust, Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy, and BC Conservation Foundation.
WildSafeBC Columbia Valley Coordinator
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About British Columbia Conservation Foundation:
The British Columbia Conservation Foundation (BCCF) is a not-‐for-‐profit organization. BCCF’s mission is to promote and assist in the conservation of the fish and wildlife resources of the Province of British Columbia through the protection, acquisition or enhancement of fish and wildlife habitat.