Conservation officers make request for stronger bylaw enforcement

Golden's two conservation officers are looking for help from the community to reduce bear conflict this season.

Golden’s two conservation officers are looking for help from the community to reduce bear conflict this season.

At a presentation to Town Council last week, Officer Dan Bartol requested that there be stronger enforcement of Town bylaws that are already in place to reduce bear and wildlife attractants.

“The bylaw is already in place, and that’s a huge step. You’re ahead of a lot of other communities that way. But I think it needs to be enforced, and strictly,” said Bartol, who joined Officer Alex Desjardins six months ago when the ministry amalgamated Golden’s zone with Revelstoke’s.

“I didn’t want to waste any time bringing up a very important issue, and one that I think we can work together to find a solution to.”

Much of a bear’s behaviour is learned, which is why once they become habituated to garbage as a food source, it is very difficult to break that behaviour.

“Bears are smart and lazy, they will always go after the easiest food source,” said Bartol.

Options are quite limited once this happens, so education and prevention is the best way to protect both the community, and the bear population.

“I think there’s a lot more that we could be doing.”

WildSafeBC, which will be operating in Golden this upcoming season, is an excellent partner on the education side. But Bartol and Desjardins say that it is best to have the municipality involved as well, in case the provincial funding for WildSafeBC is not there in the future.

Last year the conservation officers did hand out a few provincial fines for wildlife attractants, which are $375. Bartol, however, stressed that punishment is not the preferred means of operating. Stronger education would make the biggest impact.


Just Posted

Schools placed in ‘hold and secure’ following RCMP incident

An incident in the community cause all three local schools to be… Continue reading

EDITORIAL: Gillette ad challenges men

Recently, Gillette changed their logo and put out a two-minute ad, all… Continue reading

Bear’s Paw Heights sparks public commentary

A public hearing for rezoning at Bear’s Paw Heights, on Selkirk Hill,… Continue reading

Nourish: One appointment can have lasting effects

By Sarah Wegelin “If we want to heal, we have to make… Continue reading

Rockets defeat Rebels and Thundercats

The Golden Rockets took on the Castlegar Rebels January 11 on home… Continue reading

Students seen mocking Native Americans could face expulsion

One 11-minute video of the confrontation shows the Haka dance and students loudly chanting

B.C. VIEWS: Fact-checking the NDP’s speculation tax on empty homes

Negative-option billing is still legal for governments

May plans next move in Brexit fight as chances rise of delay

Some say a lack of action could trigger a ‘public tsunami’

Group challenges ruling for doctors to give referrals for services that clash with beliefs

A group of five Canadian doctors and three professional organizations is appealing

Major winter storm wreaks havoc on U.S. travel

Nearly 5,000 flights were cancelled Sunday around the country

CONSUMER REPORT: What to buy each month in 2019 to save money

Resolve to buy all of the things you want and need, but pay less money for them

Want to avoid the speculation tax on your vacant home? Rent it out, Horgan says

Premier John Horgan and Sheila Malcolmson say speculation and vacancy tax addresses homelessness

UPDATE: B.C. woman and boy, 6, found safe, RCMP confirm

Roseanne Supernault says both she and her six-year-old nephew are fine and she has contacted police

PHOTOS: Women’s Marches take to the streets across B.C. and beyond

Women and allies marched worldwide protesting violence against women, calling for equality

Most Read