Reducing human-bear conflict and educational outreach is an important and ongoing issue. The Feasting for Change (FFC) Fruit Tree Project (FTP) has had a substantial impact in the reduction of human-bear conflict while increasing food security in our community.
The FFC program coordinates volunteers, provides community benefits and disseminates messaging. These activities will be vitally important moving forward, particularly as grizzly populations recover.
WildSafe BC and Conservation Officers continue to support the FFC-FTP noting the significant reduction in calls related to human-bear conflict since starting the project.
FFC-FTP faced weather and climate-related challenges in 2022. The cold weather in July delayed fruit ripening and decreased the amount of fruit that was produced. These changes are documented in the project harvest data and were also brought to the attention of Stewardship Pemberton by local farmers and other community members. One community member shared that bears had eaten all the fruit off the trees on their property before it was ripe; which is the first time this has happened since moving to their property five years ago!
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