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 -- they're out and about. Oscar White, WildSafe Community Coordinator for Rossland and Trail, will be working hard to reach out to community members in new and innovative ways that maintain physical distancing and safety for the community.
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.
From April to November, Oscar 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 Oscar 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 Rossland/Trail on Facebook, or contact your local Community Coordinator, Oscar, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (250) 512-7925.
Please report wildlife conflicts 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 Rossland/Trail is grateful for the generous support the program receives from its funders including City of Rossland, City of Trail, Columbia Basin Trust, the British Columbia Conservation Foundation, and the BC Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy.