Killing them with kindness
Although it may come from a place of kindness, feeding wildlife is a bad idea because it leads to habituation which typically ends badly for the wildlife. Here are a few good sources of information that provide practical recommendations to reduce human-wildlife conflict.
WildSafeBC – Keeping wildlife wild and communities safe
WildSafeBC is the provincial leader in preventing conflict with wildlife through collaboration, education, and community solutions.
Discover wild facts, safety advice, and conflict resolution strategies for wildlife species in British Columbia
Programs – Learn about their different programs to increase awareness and reduce human-wildlife conflicts.
Strategies and tips for how to LIVE, WORK, PLAY and GROW in Wildlife Country
Every year hundreds of bears are destroyed in BC as a result of conflicts between people and bears. In rare instances, people are also injured or even killed as a result of these conflicts. Most of these problems begin when people allow bears to access non-natural food sources such as garbage.
The Bear Smart Community Program is designed and run by The Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy 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