Electric fencing as a bear deterrent
Do you remember Jeff Marley from Margo Supplies Ltd? Not only does he talk the talk, he also walks the walk. After having shared his limitless knowledge about bear deterrent methods with us in September 2018, Jeff has come back in April 2019 to help install an electric fence on a property in Metchosin that has experienced sheep losses over the last few years. To better understand what happens when we install an electric fence, we have set up cameras to document bear behaviour in response to electric fencing. A big kudo and thank you to Jeff and the volunteers who have made this project happen. Stay tuned for more information on this project.
Farmer/Carnivore Coexistence Project
Over the past 5 years, 54 bears and 30 cougars have been killed in the Capital Regional District (CRD) due to conflict; of these, 14 bears and 22 cougars were killed due to agricultural conflicts. The CwCA is presently working towards:
1. Engaging community members, including farmers and hunters, to assess the degree of carnivore conflict and level of interest in mitigation tools, and to communicate available information on conflict reduction strategies.
2. Implementing mitigation trials based on proven management options to reduce conflict between farmers and large carnivores (cougars, bears and wolves).
3. Examining the effectiveness of these conflict mitigation methods for carnivores and people within the Metchosin study area.
4. Developing a Human Wildlife Conflict Management Plan for Metchosin, and a phased in plan for Southern Vancouver Island, based on the results of this assessment.
Habitat Supply Modelling
The CwCA Carnivore Habitat Working Group is developing regional carnivore habitat supply maps for wolves, cougars, bears and relevant ungulates in the CRD. These maps will be shared with the public and decision makers to inform municipal planning and allow for the consideration of these large carnivores when condcuting an environmental development assessment.