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Feb 07, 2017 Return to Headlines

Coquitlam Formally Recognized as Bear Smart Community

by Michelle Frilund |

COQUITLAM, BC, February 6, 2017 – Coquitlam has been formally recognized by the provincial government as a Bear Smart community for its ongoing work to reduce human-bear conflicts.

After more than 10 years educating and informing residents on bear smart practices, the City of Coquitlam has been formally recognized through the Ministry of Environment as a Bear Smart community. 

Coquitlam has put significant effort into educating the public, and has also increased its enforcement efforts to help ensure both public safety and animal welfare are maintained in the city. This includes establishing a new wildlife-resistant solid waste management system, and developing and enforcing Bear Smart bylaws.

As the newest Bear Smart community in BC, Coquitlam is one of only eight municipalities to earn Bear Smart status and the first in the Metro Vancouver and Fraser Valley regional districts to be recognized with this designation.

Being Bear Smart means taking actions to help keep bears in the wild where they belong – and everyone has a role to play, including Coqutilam residents and businesses. To learn more, visit www.coquitlam.ca/wildlife for tips and to watch a fun and informative video.

About Bear Smart BC
The Bear Smart Community program has been designed by the Ministry of Environment in partnership with the British Columbia Conservation Foundation and the Union of British Columbia Municipalities. It is a voluntary, preventative conservation measure that encourages communities, businesses and individuals to work together. The goal is to address the root causes of human-bear conflicts, thereby reducing the risks to human safety and private property, as well as the number of bears that have to be destroyed each year.

Community requirements to attain Bear Smart status include preparing a bear hazard assessment and management plan for the community and surrounding area, delivering bear conflict reduction education, developing a bear-resistant solid waste management system and adopting Bear Smart bylaws.

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Media contact:
Steffanie Warriner
Manager, Environmental Services
604-927-3536