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Bow Valley bear hazard assessment

Description

The Bow Valley, surrounded by federal and provincial protected areas, has been a magnet for developers and recreationists over the last decade. An influx of people and infrastructure has steadily crept into historical bear habitat and put pressure on local bear populations. As human use in the valley increases, so does the chance of bear-human conflicts. Much as been done to mitigate for conflict between bears and people in the valley. Programs such as bear-proof bins, birdfeeder bylaws, Bear Shepherding, attractant management, and the creation of wildlife corridors in highway underpasses have all required varying levels of compromise amongst stakeholders in the valley. Even with these advances, conflict continues to occur as a result of bears obtaining unnatural and natural foods in or near developments, bears becoming habituated and people not complying with local initiatives designed, in part, to reduce conflicts between wildlife and people. As this report outlines, formidable challenges exist. A long-range management plan for bears, that identifies adequate funding to implement, evaluate and sustain necessary programs, is required in order to meet the goals of reducing bear-human conflict and having a sustainable bear population in the Bow Valley.

Updated

April 1, 2007

Tags
bear safety bears bow valley

Title and publication information

Type
Report
Extent

96 pages

Frequency

Once

Publisher / Creator Information

Publisher

Sustainable Resource Development (2001-2006, 2006-2013)

Contributor

Honeyman, Jay

Place of Publication

Edmonton

Resource Dates

Date Created

2007-04-01

Date Added

2016-05-03T20:51:04.118986

Date Modified

2007-04-01

Date Issued

2007-04-01

Audience information

Identifiers

NEOS catalogue key

3998182

Usage / Licence

Contact

Contact Name

Environment and Parks