Archive Perspective: Officials and Organizations

Websites and Social Media

North Shore black Bear Society Website: https://northshorebears.com

District of North Vancouver on Wildlife Safety: https://www.dnv.org/programs-and-services/living-safely-wildlife

Wild Bird Trust of British Columbia Website: https://wildbirdtrust.org

AAA Wildlife Control Website: https://www.vancouverwildlife.com/service-areas/north-vancouver-animal-control/

Wildlife Rescue Association of BC: https://www.wildliferescue.ca

Grouse Mountain’s Wildlife Refuge: https://www.grousemountain.com/wildlife-refuge

Wildlife Tourism in Vancouver: https://www.insidevancouver.ca/2019/05/23/best-places-to-spot-wildlife-near-vancouver/

Deep Cove Marine Life: https://www.deepcovekayak.com/paddling-in-deep-cove/spring-wildlife-deep-cove/

Northwest Wildlife Preservation Society: http://www.northwestwildlife.com

How the North Vancouver District Manages Animal Control: https://www.cnv.org/city-services/bylaw-services/bylaw-enforcement/animal-control

North Shore Black Bear Society Instagram: https://instagram.com/northshoreblackbearsociety?igshid=qli1pesesfto

District Reviews Fines after Death of Black Bear: https://www.nsnews.com/news/district-of-north-van-to-review-fines-after-bear-s-death-1.24199548

North Vancouver Museum and Archives on Wilderness: https://nvma.ca/wilderness-doorstep-vancouvers-mountain-playground-introduction/

Interviews

Interview with North Shore Black Bear Societies’ Executive Director Christine Miller: 

Why is wildlife important to our community? 

“We live on the North Shore mountains and part of the natural landscape is wildlife. Many people live here because they love nature and that includes a respect for animals that share the space with us.”

What is the North Shore Black Bears Society’s current aim for co-existing with wildlife? 

“The North Shore Black Bear’s aim is to continue to reduce the accessible unnatural food sources (with the support of an enhanced attractant Bylaw that is enforced) so that bears will not STOP in residential areas, but just pass through. We will continue to educate residents about attractants, bear behaviour and bear safety so that any exaggerated fear is reduced while understanding and tolerance are increased. This will result in fewer preventable bear deaths.”

What current barriers are preventing this aim from being realized? 

“Barriers include an attractant Bylaw in the District of North Vancouver that only includes early set out of carts at this time. This is in the process of being enhanced. BC Government Policies and Procedures need to go through a huge review and revision process. The matrix that guides bear management procedures needs to be reviewed by a committee of biologists, conservation officers and conservation groups.”

What do you think our community’s future of coexisting with local wildlife will look like? 

“I believe our community can become more tolerant and less fearful of bears and know how to prevent them spending time on private property. I believe all the outdoor enthusiasts who love going out into nature on foot or on bikes (with or without dogs) will also be better informed about managing bear encounters. I also think authorities will be encouraged to preserve some large areas of natural habitat and prevent people from accessing and diminishing its value to wildlife so that animals will not be forced out of natural spaces for peace and safety.”

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Interview with District of North Vancouver’s Environmental Protection Officer Erika Nassichuk: 

Why is wildlife important to our community? 

“We live in a community that borders the ocean and mountains and water courses and wildlife is deeply connected to where we live. We live in a place where people live really in proximity to wildlife and I think it’s important that they understand the plants and animals that are found in the area where they live.”

What is the District of North Vancouver’s current aim for co-existing with wildlife? 

“We have by-laws around waste management so we don’t attract bears because we know having attractants out will kill the bear. We have by-laws around keeping hens so that we don’t kill bears. We’re working towards changing how we use rodenticides so we don’t kill owls, so we have a lot of rules in place. The municipality also does a lot of habitat restoration work around fish habitats, trying to keep urban salmon streams having fish spawn in them, so I think we do a lot of different things proactively but we also do reactionary things.”

What current barriers are preventing this aim from being realized? 

“There are a lot of pollution events that happen because people just don’t know. A lot of people think that whatever gets put on the road and down the basins ends up being treated at a water treatment facility so there is a lack of education out there around that part.”

What do you think our community’s future of coexisting with local wildlife will look like? 

“I’d like to see the public’s awareness improve. I’d like so see people more willing to do things that might be a little bit harder to keep wildlife safe. Rodenticides are a good one right now. If you have a rat or a mouse problem you put down bait, but it really kills all sorts of other animals, not just your rats. I’d like to see a bit of a shift in how we deal with things.”

How have perspectives, beliefs or values regarding the treatment of wildlife changed over the years in North Vancouver? 

“I’ve worked in this job for 11 years at the district. I think there is more awareness to be honest; people are more aware of what stormwater is and how managing stormwater is important for fish, that’s a positive. People know about attractants and bears but I don’t know if they are willing to change. If you look up “Rodenticide in the District of North Vancouver” there’s a lot of talk about it and people are starting to realize that they can’t just put poison out which is great.”

Pictures and Videos: 

Dangerous Bear News Footage: https://globalnews.ca/video/4420386/aggressive-north-vancouver-bear-prompts-extreme-bear-activity-warning

North Vancouver Cougar Sighting: https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=539819736518924

Canuck and I Documentary: https://youtu.be/flU0rDDGtHU

Books

Echoes Across Seymour Book: https://www.amazon.ca/Echoes-Across-Seymour-Vancouvers-Communities/dp/1550175882

Echoes Across the Inlet Book: https://deepcoveheritage.com/books/book-index/

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