Sooke’s natural beauty is a point of pride for those who live here. We are happy to enjoy the fresh air and lovely scenery that our connection with nature provides. But many of Sooke’s residents have trouble accepting the non-human inhabitants of our community. This is perfectly understandable; when you don’t know much about it, wildlife can seem threatening—particularly large animals such as bears and cougars. However, the truth is that these animals have been here for longer than we have. It is essential that we learn how to live alongside them, and that’s what Wild Wise Sooke is trying to accomplish.[sam id=”15″ codes=”true”]With the goal of reducing human-wildlife conflicts in communities, Wild Wise Sooke is all about education. When I was asked to create the Wild Wise Sooke website at www.wildwisesooke.com, I did my best to remain true to that principle. The website is intended to be an easy to navigate resource for everyone in Sooke, from newcomers to lifers.
You can expect to find information about the following:
- Animal biology
- Minimizing wildlife attractants
- Staying safe while hiking and camping
- Bear habituation
- What to do in case of an attack by a bear, cougar, or deer
- Even how to build an electric fence!
It is our hope that the website will leave people better informed and help to improve the relationship between humans and wildlife in our community. Take a moment and check it out!
by Kayla Curtis, Youth Program Intern
EMCS Society, firstname.lastname@example.org