Reducing Conflict Where We Grow

WildSafeBC strives to learn and to share about how we can reduce human-wildlife conflicts in all of our day-to-day activities.

We must all think about how we live, work, play and grow with respect to wildlife.

When it comes to what we grow, whether it be commercial crops like blue-berries, or the chickens we keep in the backyard, we have a responsibility to do it in such a manner that it is sustainable and has minimal impact on the wildlife that shares the landscape with us.

Every crop we grow or type of livestock that we raise needs special consideration depending upon the area that the activity is taking place in. The first order of business is to understand what wildlife shares the landscape with you: Are you raising small animals (such as pigs or goats) in an area that has a high density of predators like cougars, wolves and bears? Or maybe you're contemplating an orchard in an area frequented by bears, deer and elk.

Learn as much as you can about the wildlife that is in your area. The more you know about the wildlife that your operation comes into contact with the better prepared you will be to deal with it.

While we have information specific to various types of wildlife that is of concern within the province there are some general rules to follow:

 

  1. Understand all you can about the wildlife you share the landscape with. The more you know about wildlife the better you will be able to avoid conflict with it.

 

2. Understand that removing the wildlife is a short term solution. Other wildlife will take the place of the wildlife just removed - a longer term solution is to either manage the attractant or set up a barrier between the attractant and the wildlife.

 

3. Fencing (whether electric or conventional) is only effective if it is maintained. Ensure that regular maintenace is a part of your routine.

 

4. Understand the regulations (under the wildlife act) which spell out your rights and obligations with respect to protecting your crops and livestock from wildlife and, if in doubt, consult with a local Conservation Officer.

Bearberry - Joy Viola, Northeastern University, Bugwood.org
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