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Living with Wildlife Movie

The 25-minute documentary entitled ‘Living with Wildlife’ premiered in Canmore on May 3, 2017 and is now available to view online!  The film illustrates how there is a culture around living with wildlife in the Bow Valley, described as the busiest place in the world where people and grizzly bears continue to coexist. The film also takes a realistic look at the challenges and the constant pressures wildlife face.

 

 

‘The idea for this project came after Alberta Environment and Parks (AEP)  held the Western Black Bear conference in Canmore and toured the visiting biologists from all over North America to see our garbage systems, attractant management program, highway fencing and crossing structures and wildlife corridors. They were just amazed at what we’d been able to accomplish in the Bow Valley,’ says Jay Honeyman – Human Wildlife Conflict Biologist for AEP.

‘This film was a great collaborative effort to showcase all the innovative programs that exist in the Bow Valley in order for people and wildlife to coexist.’ says local filmmaker Leanne Allison, ‘I’m super excited to share it with our community before we take the film to a wider audience.’

‘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 AEP, ‘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.’

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View the video here.

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