Supporting The Bear Smart Community Program

Supporting The Bear Smart Community Program

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Genevieve Daniel started this petition to The District of Lake Country

The District of Lake Country has faced an ever growing problem with our waste removal system and how this is domesticating black bears, coyotes, raccoons and other wildlife into our community. With the growing populations interfacing within Lake Country, our community is facing considerable safety issues at our local school bus stops, roads and streets, and our backyards. But this conflict does not need to grow if we show our support to our city to become the next BC community to adopt the Bear Smart Community Program. Let's see Lake Country join other communities who have been successful in attaining Bear Smart Status like Naramata, Whistler, Coquitlam, New Denver, Kamloops, Lions Bay, Port Alberni, and Squamish. The Bear Smart program focuses on addressing the root causes of bear-human conflicts, and the number of bears that have be destroyed due to conflicts. The program includes an assessment of the issue, bear proof waste management systems, education, and Bear Smart by-laws to support oversight of the management of attractants. These Bear Smart communities have seen a success in diminishing the rate and intensity of human bear interactions thus improving public safety, property damage and fewer bears killed due to conflict. Let us join other progressive communities by showing our support to our city that we are wanting this change too.

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