Vernon WildSafe B.C. ambassador Tessa Coulthard has spent the summer visiting kids’ camps

Vernon WildSafe B.C. ambassador Tessa Coulthard has spent the summer visiting kids’ camps

Wildsafe ambassador program wraps up

Vernon’s WildSafeBC program will be wrapping up at the end of August after a productive summer of reducing human-wildlife conflict

Vernon’s WildSafeBC program will be wrapping up at the end of August after a productive summer of reducing human-wildlife conflict.

Program ambassador Tessa Coulthard would like to thank the residents of Vernon for their support of the WildSafeBC program, and their cooperation in properly managing their wildlife attractants.

“This summer, WildSafeBC attended various events in Vernon, such as the Vernon Farmer’s Market and the Sunshine Festival, and visited kids camps run by the City of Vernon to speak about wildlife and wildlife safety,” said Coulthard, who put up posters and went door-to-door in areas with bear activity, speaking to residents about their attractants.

“You may have also found a yellow “bear attractant” sticker on your garbage can from the WildSafeBC ambassador if your garbage was left out the night before garbage collection.”

According to the WildSafeBC website, garbage is the source of conflict for more than 50 per cent of the calls about bears to the Conservation Officer Service.

Coulthard said that some neighbourhoods in Vernon, such as Predator Ridge and Canadian Lakeview Estates, rarely leave garbage out overnight in an effort to reduce human-bear conflict  –  but there is still room for improvement for other neighbourhoods in Vernon.

So far this summer, Coulthard and her volunteers have placed bear attractant warning stickers on more than 300 garbage cans that were left out the night before garbage collection in areas that had previously experienced bear activity.

“To avoid attracting bears into neighbourhoods, keep your garbage in a secure environment until the morning of collection, in addition to picking their fruit trees and removing bird feeders until November,” said Coulthard.

For more information on species and attractant management, visit wildsafebc.com and like the WildSafeBC Vernon page on Facebook.

To report a wild animal in conflict, please call the Conservation Officer Service Reporting Line at 1-877-952-7277.