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Conservation officers should do more to save B.C. bears, advocate says

By Michael Williams, City News 1130 With over 500 black bears reportedly destroyed in the province within the last year, one advocate says that number is far too high. The BC Conservation Officer Service is reporting 504 black bears were put down in 2021. Ellie Lamb, who works with the BC Bear Alliance and North Shore Black Bear Society, says the number could be well above 500 but there’s no way to know as the officers follow their own guidelines. “Certainly there’s not 500 or 600 bears in a year that need to be killed. We need to be kind to…

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Conservationists warn orphaned cub likely won’t survive Whistler winter without intervention

Lack of clear policy at provincial level has prevented cub from being picked up, say advocatesby Brandon Barrett Conservation groups are warning that what appears to be an orphaned black bear cub won’t survive the cold Whistler winter on its own without intervention, but a lack of clarity from the province on trapping and transporting orphaned bears is preventing it from being picked up.  The Conservation Officer Service (COS) confirmed that a young bear that appeared to be separated from its mother was reported on Nov. 18, three days after it was spotted in the Wedge Woods area. Sgt. Simon…

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ARMCHAIR MAYOR: Two orphaned bear cubs deserve a chance, so cut the red tape

By Mel Rothenburger, CFJC Today: Everything Kamloops! POLICY IS OFTEN CITED as a reason for doing things but, like the law, policy can be an ass. There are two orphaned bear cubs in Kamloops right now that will probably die from starvation, injury, exposure or predation. It doesn’t have to be that way. Residents in Rivershore and Rayleigh have been begging the BC Conservation Officer Service to allow the cubs to be captured and cared for through the winter by a licensed rehab centre so they can be released in spring. But red tape stands in the way. Before either…

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Opinion: The impact of government language on bears

A word can act like a paintbrush. Each brush stroke, line and curve brings into focus a final image. And the words used by government agencies and the media paint an inaccurate, distorted image of bears. Imagine the silhouette of a bear painted directly onto a wall. The shape is dictated by the words, which fill the space. Words like “aggressive,” “dangerous” and “offending” twist what would be a rounded shoulder into one spiked with hackles up. The snout, normally chomping on dandelions, instead roars from words like “problem” bear and “conflict” bear. Judgments on the bear’s behaviour or intents…

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Bear Alliance launched to give organizations stronger voice

The BC Bear Alliance, made up over more than two dozen bear organizations across the province, launched earlier this month. The group is dedicated to finding solutions to protect and co-exist with bears, according to Christine Miller, who was the education coordinator and executive director of the North Shore Black Bear Society for 15 years before retiring last year. Miller, who is co-chairing the new alliance, said the organization’s goal is simple: to consolidate the voices of dozens of groups across the province so they have a stronger front for advocating for a world where humans and bears can exist…

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Wildlife advocates form B.C. Bear Alliance, call for provincial watchdog

Wildlife advocates want body cameras on B.C. conservation officers tasked with responding to bear conflicts after more than 500 black bears were killed in the past year. More than two dozen advocacy groups — from Pacific Wild to Justice for B.C. Grizzlies — have joined forces, forming the B.C. Bear Alliance. Organizers say they want to promote improved co-existence between humans and bears in B.C.
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