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WildsafeBC Wraps Up Cumberland Program for 2020

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The WildSafeBC Cumberland program is wrapped up for the year and would like to remind residents that bears in milder climates such as Vancouver Island may remain active throughout cooler months if food sources remain accessible.

Once again, WildSafeBC had an active year assisting Cumberland with several wildlife conflicts throughout the village. The program included door-to-door canvassing, garbage tagging, and delivery of the WildSafeBC Ranger elementary school program.

The Cumberland WildSafeBC Community Coordinator is grateful for the generous support of the British Columbia Conservation Foundation, Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy, the Conservation Officer Service and Bylaw Enforcement for their ongoing support and everyone who has made an effort to prevent human-wildlife conflicts this year.

Garbage remains the top high conflict animal attractant in Cumberland. However, in 2020 cougar reports to the RAPP line for the village outnumber all other wildlife calls combined. Cougar encounters consist mostly of sightings and occasional reports of cougars preying on domestic cats. WildSafeBC recommends trail users carry bear spray and that house cats be kept indoors, especially at night.

Please view our year-end report and the WildsafeBC website to see what the Cumberland WildSafeBC Community Coordinator was able to accomplish this year.

During the winter months, wildlife conflicts can still be reported to the RAPP line at 1-877-952-7277 and urgent wildlife questions can be directed to bc@nullwildsafebc.com. Please visit wildsafebc.com and follow our Facebook page for updates, tips, and other information to assist you in keeping wildlife wild and communities safe!

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