–submitted by Nitya Harris
In the Capital Regional District, especially in Sooke, Metchosin and Highlands, there has been a significant increase of impact on farmers from bears. Loss of sheep, goats and chickens, loss of bee hives and fruit and damage to fruit trees have all impacted our local farmers.
And over the past five years, 14 bears have been killed in this region due to conflict with livestock. Farmers are interested in finding low-cost solutions to these problems that will also minimize the killing of bears in the area.
To provide information to local farmers impacted by bears, the Coexisting with Carnivores Alliance has organized a workshop about the utilization of electric fencing, and noise and light deterrents to bears, led by Jeff Marley of Margo Supplies Ltd. Mr. Marley leads hundreds of workshops throughout North America and has over 30 years of experience and expertise in bear deterrents.
This one-day event will build understanding of available tools appropriate for each farming situation to avoid future negative interaction with bears, while protecting these important wildlife.
The event will take place on Saturday, September 15th, starting from 10am to 1pm at the Metchosin Community House (4430 Happy Valley Road, Metchosin). Light snacks and refreshments provided. The Workshop is FREE but space is limited so register today!
To participate in the workshop on Bear Deterrents and for more details, please register on the website.
This event is sponsored by the Canadian Agriculture Partnership (CAP), B.C. Ministry of Agriculture and the Coexisting with Carnivores Alliance.