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Tourist in bear conflict blames self, not bear

It’s a bit surprising, but certainly welcome: a tourist visiting Canmore found himself face-to-face with a bear, got injured and is blaming himself for the incident. According to a report in the Calgary Sun , Danish tourist Torben Lund was walking in a park. He noted bear warning signs, but ...
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Victory: Windsor ends skunk trapping program

You did it! The City of Windsor Council tonight voted unanimously to end the trapping portion of their skunk program. After a long, at times frustrating, campaign, skunks in Windsor can once again go about their business without fear of trapping and euthanasia. A staff report pointed to the lack ...
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ACTION ITEM: Canada’s fur farms need government assistance to get by

We’re often inundated with messages of the great and powerful fur industry, which alone is propping up the Canadian economy and providing thousands of jobs. Though we are yet to see any evidence of this, we have seen another kind of evidence: fur farmers need government assistance. According to a ...
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Episode 140: Grizzlies and the Heiltsuk people

On the central coast of British Columbia sits the traditional lands of the Heiltsuk First Nations people. In their language, Heiltsuk means to speak and act correctly, and this concept is an important part of their culture. The Qqs (pronounced Kuks, meaning eyes) Projects Society was formed to support Heiltsuk ...
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Grizzlies at greater risk than previously thought

A unique, First-Nations led study is shining light on dwindling grizzly bear populations in southern British Columbia. In a report on science website Phys.org , it is noted that the non-invasive DNA sampling of grizzlies over three-years shows that the bears are at greater risk than previously thought. The Koeye ...
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Lessons to be learned from a BC bear and an Ontario cougar

Two wild animals are safe after conservation officers were able to take action and remove them from potential conflict situations in the last week. In the small town of Cobourg, Ontario (about one and a half hours east of Toronto), a cougar lounging in a backyard prompted a bit of ...
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GRAPHIC IMAGES: Consumers need to be warned of trap dangers

A store-bought trap was the culprit in the torture a squirrel in the Vancouver area last week. The story is common: homeowners concerned about rodents on their property took the advice of a big box store and bought what they were told was a humane trap. The snap-style trap is ...
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Windsor’s skunk program an epic failure – like we predicted

One year ago, the City of Windsor, Ontario, announced it would manage the apparent climb in the local skunk population with a lethal program. Residents would be able to contact the city, who would use live traps to catch and euthanize skunks. One year ago, we said it would fail. ...
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Episode 139: Getting footloose in Montana

We in Canada may look upon Montana as the last vestige of the wild west – and in many ways, it is. Ranchers, landowner’s rights and the old American west live on in the Northern state. But not everyone wants to hold onto every bit of that tradition. Montana is ...
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Bid to win: Vicki Rae original

It’s your chance to win – and help the animals win, too! The Association for the Protection of Fur-Bearing Animals is auctioning off this beautiful, original Vicki Rae painting of two bears via Facebook . All you need to do is sign in and bid – in $5 increments – ...
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