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REPORTING · 27th June 2013
Walter McFarlane
Kitimat’s Bear Aware Program got before Council on Monday, June 17th to talk to Council about their summer program. This is the second year this program has run. Darcie Reid and Dana Amado introduced themselves.

“This year, Kitimat Bear Aware is focusing on getting into our local schools and educating the students on Bear Safety and managing attractants at home. We have created a partnership with the conservation officers and will be working with them regularly. We are also working with Bob McLeod to gain important resources and information and we are going door to door educating the community on bear safety,” said Reid.

Amado explained they will be giving Bear Safety and Awareness presentations to summer programs at the Library, Museum and Riverlodge, as well as at the Kitimat literacy group. They will be educating campers, visitors and fishermen about bear safety. Finally, they will have another bear safety Barbecue.

“Our end goal is to see the community managing their attractants at home, at the workplace and outdoors,” said Amado.

They started by creating a plan of achievement for 2013. They joined the Conservation Officers in doing a community attractant assessment. Finally, they do night time garbage checks with the Conservation Officer.

“We have also inquired about getting Bear safe garbage bins for the community,” said Reid.

The young women have done much to ensure their program gets out. This includes putting up signs around the community, stickers on all of the dumpsters and advertising in newspapers. The presentations focus around the youth and the new comers to Kitimat, they are presenting to the Kitimat Modernization Project the week after the presentation.

Councillor Mary Murphy asked them if they were going to give a presentation to the Seniors Center. They replied they were going to give one on June 25th. Mayor Joanne Monaghan asked how often they worked with the Conservation Officer. They replied about once a week. Monaghan thanked them for the presentation and wished them luck.