MA Thesis – Bear Smart in BC

Bear Smart in British Columbia – An Interim Analysis (McMillan, 2009)

The research project aimed to identify why communities struggle to meet the “Bear Smart” standards and to provide recommendations on how the managing agency can more effectively implement the program. The Ministry of Environment established the “Bear Smart” Community Program in 2004, and at the time of this report only one community has met “Bear Smart” community status requirements. this project’s end goal is to identify organizational leadership capacities that effectively reduce conflict with bears and increase public safety The action research project utilized interviews and focus groups of stakeholders to identify current roadblocks to success and possible solutions. The research findings identified three variables that contributed to the challenges in implementing the “Bear Smart” program for both the Ministry of Environment and municipal governments. it also revealed opportunities for the Ministry of Environment to maintain and improve its position as a public safety leader in wildlife conflict reduction…….

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