WildSafeBC

We live where wildlife lives

Rossland is home to an abundance of wildlife and when our attractants are not managed properly it can create human-wildlife conflicts. When wildlife stop moving through the community and start using the community as a foraging area for human-provided foods then conflicts develop. Wildlife that start using human-provided foods can become food-conditioned. Once wildlife starts equating humans with foods, they can lose their natural wariness of humans and become human-habituated meaning they tolerate humans in much closer proximity than what is safe.

Tips to prevent conflict with wildlife

As a community we all have a responsibility to make sure that we are doing everything we can to avoid conflict with wildlife. At home, garbage and fruit trees are common attractants related to reports of wildlife conflict. For more information on how to manage attractants at home, read WildSafeBC’s tips on how to have a Wildsafe yard.

To avoid conflict when recreating outdoors, stay alert, make noise, travel in groups, and carry bear spray. Never feed wildlife. For more tips, click here.

Reporting wildlife sighting

Report conflicts with wildlife (such as food conditioned or aggressive behaviors) or sightings of a bear, cougar, wolf, or coyote in a residential area by phoning the BC Conservation Officer Service (COS) at 1-877-952-7277. Rossland Conservation Officers are notified daily about sightings and respond immediately in emergencies.

Early reporting allows the COS to try and change wildlife’ behavior with non-lethal methods and prevent negative outcomes for humans or wildlife.

Resources:

WildSafeBC Rossland/ Trail Annual Report 2019

WildSafeBC Brochures

Conservation Officer Service Website

For more information or to book a wildlife presentation contact:

Katie Swinwood

Community Coordinator, WildSafeBC

"Keeping Wildlife Wild and Communities Safe" 

250-644-6555 | rossland@wildsafebc.com | www.wildsafebc.com