Wildsafebc Cariboo

Wildsafebc Cariboo WildSafeBC is the provincial leader is preventing conflicts with wildlife through collaboration, education and community solutions.

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05/14/2021

Do you recreate in BC? Then this course is for you! BC is wildlife country and this FREE 30 minute course will help you be prepared to avoid negative encounters with wildlife and keep you, your companions, and your pets safe. Sign up at https://wildsafebc.thinkific.com/courses/wildsafebc-Bear-Safety-When-Recreating

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Do you know a youth 11-14 interested in learning more about wildlife in BC? Let them know about BC SPCA (BCSPCA)'s virtu...
05/06/2021

Do you know a youth 11-14 interested in learning more about wildlife in BC? Let them know about BC SPCA (BCSPCA)'s virtual workshop where WildSafeBC will be talking about bears, wolves and cougars - oh my!
Join us Saturday, May 8th at 10:00 am Pacific

Do you know a youth 11-14 interested in learning more about wildlife in BC? Let them know about BC SPCA (BCSPCA)'s virtual workshop where WildSafeBC will be talking about bears, wolves and cougars - oh my!
Join us Saturday, May 8th at 10:00 am Pacific

05/05/2021
05/03/2021
WildSafeBC is pleased to be participating in these upcoming virtual events.The Q & A will be through Instagram so please...
04/30/2021

WildSafeBC is pleased to be participating in these upcoming virtual events.

The Q & A will be through Instagram so please join Women Who Wander Collective's live feed at noon on May 5th, 2021. WildSafeBC Community Coordinator, Danica Roussy, will be representing WildSafeBC as their special guest for the Q & A.

At 7pm on May 5th as well, they will be highlighting WildSafeBC and educating their community on the essentials of wildlife safety, specifically Bear Awareness. WildSafeBC Community Coordinator, Kathy Murray, will be representing WildSafeBC as the presenter. The presentation is on Zoom.

Oh and all donations from our Q & A will go towards WildSafeBC!

To register, click on the link below.
https://www.womenwhowander.club/wanderwise-virtual-series
To learn more about Women Who Wander check out their website: https://www.womenwhowander.club/

04/21/2021
WildSafeBC is hiring for the position of WildSafeBC Cariboo Coordinator. If you love working with people, can work well ...
04/09/2021
WildSafeBC Cariboo Coordinator | BC Conservation Foundation

WildSafeBC is hiring for the position of WildSafeBC Cariboo Coordinator. If you love working with people, can work well on your own schedule, and are passionate about wildlife, then this might just be the job for you! The closing date has been extended until April 14th. For more information and to apply, visit https://bccf.com/opportunities/employment/wildsafebc-cariboo-coordinator

Cariboo Regional District City of Williams Lake District of 100 Mile House City of Quesnel

LOCATION: Williams Lake, Quesnel, 100 Mile House, and surrounding areas WildSafeBC is the provincial leader in preventing conflict with wildlife through collaboration, education and community solutions. WildSafeBC’s message of "keeping wildlife wild and communities safe" underscores the important ...

04/07/2021
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02/26/2021

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Spring is around the corner and now is an excellent time to prune your apple trees before new growth starts. WildSafeBC encourages homeowners with fruit trees to keep their trees manageable in size so that they can easily pick the fruit before the bears get to it. You will also have a healthier tree that produces better fruit.
Bears that access fruit trees learn that they can find food near people and this can lead to safety concerns for your neighbours and the community. When the fruit wanes, the bears may turn to alternate sources of food such as garbage. Help feed people not bears.
You can learn more about pruning fruit trees from your local nursery or websites such as: https://www.oksir.org/backyard-tree-care/pruning/#:~:text=The%20best%20time%20to%20prune%20apple%20trees%20is%20in%20late,new%20growth%20back%20every%20season.
Check out our new guide at: https://wildsafebc.com/resources/guides/

Help keep wildlife wild and your community safe.

01/20/2021
01/06/2021
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This #wildwednesday we showcase BC's provincial bird, the Steller's Jay. They are a member of the family Corvidae (Crow family) and are very intelligent. They are found throughout much of the lower two thirds of BC and are distinguished by the distinctive blue and black colouration and large top-knot of feathers on their head.

12/23/2020
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WildSafeBC wishes you the best for the holidays! This #wildwednesday, please enjoy a collection of calming winter wildlife videos. Turn up the volume, sit back, and enjoy!

12/16/2020
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There are 3 wild canines in BC - coyotes, wolves, and foxes. Do you know how to identify them? Watch this #wildwednesday to learn.

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12/15/2020

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WildSafeBC's WildSafe Ranger contest is now closed and we are so pleased to have over 200 entries from throughout the province. We want to thank all of the parents that assisted their children in participating and also the dedicated teachers and staff from schools in Campbell River, Cowichan Valley, and Princeton. Stay tuned as the winner will be announced soon!

12/09/2020
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With the onset of winter, many people are thinking about once again feeding the birds. Watch this #wildwednesday for a couple of good tips on how to feed them responsibly to avoid other unwanted guests.

12/02/2020
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We have many names for the various groups of animals - these names are called collective nouns. For this #wildwednesday, we have compiled a short clip with some of the standard names and some of the less known names. How many do you know?

Thank you to the communities of the Cariboo Regional District for supporting the WildSafeBC Program this season. The pro...
11/30/2020

Thank you to the communities of the Cariboo Regional District for supporting the WildSafeBC Program this season. The program has now gone into “hibernation”.

To report sightings of bears, cougars, wolves or coyotes in urban areas, injured wildlife or wildlife in conflict please call the Conservation Officer Service 24/7 at 1-877-952-7277. You can also use their online form at https://forms.gov.bc.ca/environment/rapp/

If you are looking for fun and educational activities for your family, please have a look at our monthly WildSafe Ranger activities available at: https://wildsafebc.com/wrp/ .

Thank you for helping to keep wildlife wild and your community safe.

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11/30/2020

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Are bears still active? In many communities in BC, as far north as Terrace, as far east as Cranbrook, and as far west as Haida Gwaii, there are still reports of bears active in many communities. The Lower Mainland and Vancouver Island have had several reports this week. Check out our https://warp.wildsafebc.com/warp/ interactive map to see if there are any reports in your community.

You will notice that the bear icons may be different colours. This indicates the different attractants involved in the report. For example a red bear is bear that accessed garbage, green is a bird feeder, and purple is a residential fruit producing tree or bush. On our map, select attractants to learn more.

Bears are long-lived animals (15-20 years on average in the wild) and they have amazing memories. It is a critical time of year for bears and it's important that their last meal not be associated with unnatural food sources. It can potentially set them up for more conflict when they awake in the spring. Help keep bears wild and keep you attractants secure. Stay informed, sign up for free WARP reports and visit www.wildsafebc.com.
Thank you for helping to keep #wildlifewild and your community safe.

11/25/2020
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This #WildWednesday we get to observe a black bear and her cubs preparing their den for winter. Remember, not all bears have entered their dens. Some bears are still active, especially in milder climates. Watch for tracks in the snow or mud and checking out https://warp.wildsafebc.com/warp/ for any reports made to the Conservation Officer Service.

What are bear dens?
Bears adapt to reduced food availability by sleeping away the winter in dens which are often located in the hollow trunks of trees or under windfalls. Bears will dig the cavity, often at a downward angle, with an entrance just big enough for them to squeeze through. They line the cavity with insulating materials. Black bear cubs of the year will return with their female parent to overwinter together once more. In the second year, the black bear cubs will disperse and lead mostly solitary lives until they themselves are mature enough to mate. With grizzly bears, the cubs will overwinter an additional season. This can lead to cramped quarters when the male offspring are as large, if not larger, than the female parent! Grizzly dens are often at higher elevations and may be dug straight into a hillside. Snow that covers the den helps insulate the bears and conserve energy.

When do bears hibernate?
It varies by climate and food availability but generally occurs from late October in the northern parts of the province to early December in the mildest of climates. Remember, bears hibernate as an adaptation to reduced food availability. If bears are accustomed to accessing human sources of food, they may delay hibernation.

Hibernation, Torpor or Denning?
There is some debate as to whether which term is the best, but the reality is that bears undergo an amazing process that is impossible for humans. They go months without eating, drinking, urinating or defecating. They are able to recycle their waste products and do not lose bone mass. Their respiration and heart rates slow and their body temperature goes down slightly. Despite this slower metabolism, they still lose up to 30% of their body mass, mostly fat. Because a bear does not go into deep hibernation, they can still be roused. That is why some will suggest the more appropriate term is torpor – another fascinating mechanism many animals use to conserve energy. Some animals go in and out of torpor on a daily basis.

11/19/2020
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This #WildWednesday, we take a look at the diversity of birds' beaks and their purposes. Remember that bears are still active throughout BC so, bird feeding should only be done with proper safety protocols in place.

11/11/2020
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WildSafeBC

This #wildwednesday focuses on mule deer and white tail deer because mid-November is their breeding (or rutting) season. During this time, bucks travel great distances to find a doe who is receptive to breeding. With extra deer activity, be extra vigilant while driving to avoid vehicle collisions. Visit www.wildlifecollisions.ca for facts and tips about avoiding collisions.

Today I spent the second day at Cataline Elementary School to teach kids from Kindergarten to Grade 6 about wildlife and...
11/10/2020

Today I spent the second day at Cataline Elementary School to teach kids from Kindergarten to Grade 6 about wildlife and how to stay safe in bear country! The kids had great fun, got a certificate, bookmarks, stickers and an activity booklet and are now officially WildSafe Rangers 👏 Cariboo Regional District City of Williams Lake

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11/07/2020

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In this #SaturdaySpotlight we highlight the efforts of residents in 100 Mile House and Williams Lake that reduce the chances of attracting bears to their property by keeping their garbage bins clean and smell-free. These families in the Cariboo Regional District provide a great example of how to #keepwildlifewild and communities safe.

We all can do our part in keeping wildlife wild and our communities safe! Look at these Top 10 ways to help wildlife all...
11/06/2020

We all can do our part in keeping wildlife wild and our communities safe! Look at these Top 10 ways to help wildlife all throughout the year

11/04/2020
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This Wild Wednesday, we learn about beavers and muskrats. Although both rodents reside in the water, beavers are ten times larger than muskrats and have a flat tail. If you notice beaver activity on your property, protect your trees by wrapping heavy gauge wire around the base of the tree.

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10/30/2020

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We will soon be entering the peak of mating season for deer in BC called "the rut" which occurs around mid-November. In the meantime, male deer are preparing by having "friendly" sparring matches and rubbing their antlers on trees. Be sure to prevent deer from becoming entangled in objects such as hanging strings of lights, fish netting, clothes lines that are low to the ground and other hazards. Trees can be protected with sturdy metal fencing. For more tips, check https://wildsafebc.com/species/deer/

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