PROTECTING VANCOUVER BLACK BEARS

Knowing that : – Black bears can live up to 30 years, but usually live for only about 10, mostly because of their encounters with people. – The sow produces few offsprings. – Black bears are timid and do not seek confrontation with people. – Contrary to popular belief, when confronted to human beings, black bear mothers will send their cubs up a tree, retreat or bluff and are very unlikely to attack people. – When people leave food, trash, greasy barbecues or freezers in their reach, bears will behave like bears and be attracted by it. We are therefore asking the Canadian Parliament to : – Enforce existing laws which fine people who do not behave responsibly and are deliberately attracting bears because of their carelesssness. – Increase the number of conservation officers, so regulations can be enforced on the ground. – Help rural communities with the purchase of bear proof enclosures for the purpose of securing gargage. – Emphasize the awareness and education of the public and residents alike through public signs, posters and flyers.

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