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Man ordered to pay over $8000 for killing grizzly near Powell River

POWELL RIVER, B.C. - A man has been fined $8001 in the killing of a grizzly bear near Powell River. The man was convicted of doing so during a closed season. The provincial conservation service...

Ex-conservation officer recommends changes to improve trust in wildlife service

VICTORIA, B.C.- A former Port Hardy conservation officer has written a report outlining ways to improve trust between the public and CO's. Bryce Casavant became the subject of the public eye when, in 2015, he...

Conservation asking people to stay bear aware

There's been an increase in bear activity around the province and the Conservation Officer Service is asking residents to stay alert. Dean Miller says this past summer was fairly good in terms of bear conflict...

Bear Problems In BC Hike Startlingly

Human conflicts with bears are increasing across B.C. That's according to the Conservation Officer Service, who note over 10,000 documented calls regarding human-bear conflicts since April 1st. One reason for the increase, states Deputy Chief Chris...

High season for bear and cougar sightings

It's high season for wildlife encounters on the BC Coast. The BC Conservation Officer Service says they have seen an increased number of reported bear and cougar sightings in the past few months. ...

17 black bear conflicts reported on North Island last month

Conservation officers are warning residents to be cautious of leaving out garbage and attracting wildlife. Steve Petrovic says last month alone, there were 17 black bear conflict reports across Northern Vancouver Island. "It's important we're scanning...

Managing bear attractants

Conservation officers in the region are reminding people to make sure garbage and recycling is not accessible by wildlife. A bear was destroyed in Campbell River on the weekend after becoming habituated to garbage. Conservation Officer...

Active start to the fall season for BC conservation officers

The BC Conservation Officer Service had a busy start to the fall this year. Deputy Chief Chris Doyle provided a provincial overview of human-wildlife conflicts from this season so far, and he says since September...

Avoiding conflicts with bears

The BC Conservation Officer Service is asking people to make sure fruit trees are picked promptly. Deputy Chief Chris Doyle says the number of human-wildlife conflicts has gone up significantly in the last month....

Bears Attractants

Conservation Officers are reminding residents that some bears are still out looking for food. Officers were called out to a report of bear in a tree by Mark Isfeld school late last week. Gord Gudbranson says...

Bear Aware from Wild Safe

Access to non natural food sources is one of the main reasons why hundreds of bears are destroyed on a yearly basis. That from Francine Ulmer, Wildsafe.bc Community Coordinator for Powell River. In conjunction with the local...
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