The COVID-19 pandemic certainly did create challenges for my role as WildSafeBC Community Coordinator; however It turned out to be a great opportunity to get creative. Doing a wildlife safety workshop using power point on zoom was a first for me last spring! Over 400 adults attended wildlife safety and bear spray workshops and more than 500 children took part in the WildSafeBC ranger program throughout the Elk Valley and South Country. An increase in trail use was a great opportunity to set up the WSBC display at popular trail heads. You would be surprised at how many people head to trails with brand new bear spray with the zip tie still around the safety latch in the bottom of their back pack! This is not having it easily accessible and knowing how to use it.
Thank you to everyone who has helped keep wildlife wild and communities safe. We look forward to seeing you again in the spring, hopefully in person when we come out of hibernation. Have a great winter and be safe.
For more information on preventing human-wildlife conflict visit www.wildsafebc.com