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Living With Wildlife Film - Canmore, AB
May 03, 2017

The Bow Valley is the busiest place in the world where people and grizzly bears still coexist. ‘Living with Wildlife’ is the story of how communities in the Bow Valley of Alberta, Canada have come together over the past 20 years to live with grizzly bears and other wildlife. The film takes a realistic look at the challenges and the constant pressures wildlife face.

"The film shows how a kind of paradigm shift needs to happen with recreation in the valley. People need to be aware of seasonal wildlife sensitivities and plan their activities accordingly. Last summer was a great example of how bears needed space because the buffalo berry crop was so good,” says John Paczkowski, Ecologist with Alberta Environment and Parks, “there were many bear closures during that time and for the most part people respected them. People realized it was much easier for them to accommodate bears at that time of year rather than the other way around."

Partners on this project include The Calgary Foundation, Town of Canmore, Alberta Environment and Parks, Yellowstone to Yukon, Nature Conservancy of Canada, Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society and a handful of private donors.

To view the Living with Wildlife film, go to the following link:
Living With Wildlife


Bear & Cougar Awareness/Safety Presentation
Oct 01, 2017

Whether you are hiking, camping, fishing, or hunting in bear country, or working in an industry that requires you to work in bear country, you need to be aware of what to do in the event of a bear sighting or encounter.

Mountain View BearSmart Society volunteers are able to deliver presentations to the public and industry on the BearSmart program, bear and cougar biology, and human/wildlife safety. We can customize a presentation to any grade level for your school, to your employees in the office or the field, or to your community group. The quality of our presentations has been upgraded by the purchase of new audio/visual equipment through the generous funding of the Community Spirit Program from Alberta Culture and Community Spirit.

Mountain View BearSmart Society also offers certificates in Bear Awareness Training. Learn how best to handle a bear encounter using the knowledge and experiences of experts from the field. Our Chairman, Paul Fraser, is a certified Professional Biologist (Alberta Society of Professional Biologists) and a certified Bear Awareness instructor (Accident Incident Prevention). He has over 26 years experience as a wildlife biologist, specializing in working with large mammals. He is able to conduct Bear Awareness Training to provide the most recent available information on bear identification, avoidance, and awareness for members of the public and industry alike. This course, which is CSA and SUNCOR approved, and AIP certified, includes both classroom theory and outdoor practical exercises (proper use of bear spray). The certificate is valid for 3 years.

If you'd like to arrange a presentation, contact us at info@mountainviewbearsmart.com

In addition to the presentations made to the Sundre, Cremona and Didsbury schools during our Annual Bear Awareness Week, we have done presentations to the Dickson Fish and Game Association, Sunpine Sundre, Shell Fallen Timber Plant, Shell Caroline Plant, Cottonwood Cougars Junior Forest Wardens, Milestone Oilfield Services, Olds Search and Rescue, Didsbury Search and Rescue, Brazeau County Search and Rescue, Mountain View County employee health and safety day, Bergen Springs Community Association, Sundre Hiking Club, Wild Sheep Foundation youth camp, ConocoPhillips Safety Meeting, Bergen Cub Jamboree, Cochrane Humane Society Kids Camp, Village of Burnstick Lake, and Foster Parents Alberta summer camp.

We also set up our display booth and distribute educational materials at the annual SPOG's Neighbour Day in September in Sundre, Living in the Natural Environment event in February in Cochrane, Safety Day in May in Rocky Mountain House; and Rural Crime Watch Trade Show in May in Olds.


 
 
 
 
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