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Education & Outreach  |  Proper use of Bear Spray  |  Attractant Removal

Our goal is to develop a coordinated approach to education/outreach programs and help support direct management activities that will aid in increasing public safety and enjoyment as well as contribute towards sustainable wildlife populations.

WildSmart's goal is to teach residents and visitors to live smart with wildlife, and engage residents in community-driven initiatives that help reduce human/wildlife conflicts. We aim to do this through a number or programs and services throughout the year.
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Attractant Management refers to the management of food sources that attract potentially dangerous wildlife into high human use areas such as residential areas, school grounds, commercial/recreational facilities, campgrounds and trails. Attractants can include natural foods such as fruit-bearing shrubs and trees, as well as unnatural human-related foods like garbage, coolers, compost, bird feeders and domestic livestock and pets.
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When recreating in bear country, your best strategy to avoid an encounter with a bear is to make lots of noise, stay in groups and be alert for signs of bears. In the rare case of an aggressive confrontation, bear spray is your best defense.
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