REPORTING · 19th August 2013
Kitimat Bear Aware held their year-end BBQ on Wednesday, August 14th. Members of the community were treated to hot dogs, rations cooked up by the Canadian Rangers and information about being bear safe.
“We’re having our bear aware year end Barbecue. It’s for the community on safety and make them more aware of bears,” said Dana Amado. “[Our program] has been extremely successful. We have accomplished a lot more then we have last year so we are very happy.”
One of the goals the summer students had for 2013 was to collect the communities input on bear proof garbage cans. They have talked to the community, the District and Kitimat Valley Disposal about the cans and when it is figured out, Kitimat will have bear proof garbage bins, hopefully as early as next year.
According to Amado, there have not been as many bears in Kitimat this summer. The Conservation Officers, who were present with a bear trap to show children how it works, confirmed this by telling us they were only called out to capture one bear in the spring.
For 2013, the summer students were able to work hand in hand with the conservation officers. They are also leaving notes for the next year’s students so they could put on a similar program.
Kane Medeiros Ryan Amado and David Roy experience the bear trap