MOE Bear Smart Community Program
Bear Smart BC Consulting works in partnership with the Ministry of Environment to deliver the “Bear Smart” Community Program to BC Municipalities and Regional District Governments across the province. Based on years of experience working with communities, Bear Smart BC Consultants are experienced with the policies and procedures that govern municipal involvement with human-bear conflict reduction.
The Ministry of Environment Bear Smart Community Program is a proactive conservation strategy aimed at addressing the root causes of human-bear conflicts to reduce the risk to human safety and private property as well as the number of bears destroyed annually.
The Program outlines 6 criteria that provide the framework to support the development of a proactive bear-conflict management program. When communities show progress in each steps of the following 6 criteria they become eligible to apply for official Bear Smart Community Status.
|STEPS||DESCRIPTION OF ACTIVITY|
|1.||Prepare a Bear Hazard Assessment using required criteria|
|2.||Prepare a Human-Bear Conflict Management Plan designed to address the bear hazards and land-use conflicts identified in the hazard assessment.|
|3.||Revise planning and decision-making documents to be consistent with the human- bear conflict management plan.|
|4.||Implement a continuing education program directed at all sectors of the community.|
|5.||Develop and maintain a bear-proof municipal solid waste management system.|
|6.||Implement “Bear Smart” bylaws prohibiting the provision of food to bears as a result of intent, neglect, or irresponsible management of attractants. These regulations also set the standard for how local constituents are expected to co-exist with wildlife within the municipality/regional district.|
For more information on:
*How to bear-proof your home property, work place, or campsite,
*How to volunteer with the Oceanside Bear Smart Committee,
*Information on the Ministry of Environment Bear Smart Community Program or Bear Smart BC Consulting Contact: Crystal McMillan at 250.951.WILD (9453) or firstname.lastname@example.org
Information provided by Crystal McMillan, Executive Director, Bear Smart BC Consulting.