LETTER: Feeding stations would help bears

Reader Shannon LeBlanc cites research on feeding bears during droughts.

I was once again saddened by yet another unnecessary bear shooting in a home in Kimberley.

Leading bear behaviourist Ben Kilham advocates remote feeding stations for bears during years of low natural food sources, and from what I hear, this is one.

The streams are dry and have no fish, and the berry crop is poor. This is why bears come into human areas. If we select remote feeding areas we can help the bears get through tough years and stay away from town.

Yes, the conservation officers will scream about this, but Kilham has proven that it works. Read some of his work and then comment.

We have removed the choicest food sources, we have dried up the rivers with dams and now we shoot them when they are starving. It’s just wrong. If we can help the wildlife in bad years, why not?

Aren’t the bears a big part of the reason tourists come here? I think they prefer to take home photo memories of live creatures, not dead, starving ones on someone’s kitchen floor.

Shannon LeBlanc

Nelson

Just Posted

Nelson and Rossland accepted as interveners in Supreme Court of Canada carbon pricing case

Victoria, Vancouver, Squamish, and Richmond also have intervener status

GREG SCOTT: Kootenay Lake’s West Arm freezes over

From the files of the Nelson Daily News

COLUMN: Mark your calendars for library’s centennial

The Nelson Library was founded in 1920 and will celebrate on Jan. 17

Rapping mom busts rhymes for Castlegar rec centre kid’s drop-in

Funny video with important message about importance of service

CP Holiday Train headed to Castlegar

The festive food bank fundraiser will take place December 12.

VIDEO: SNL skewers Trudeau’s mockery of Trump in high school cafeteria sketch

The three world leaders won’t let Trump sit at the cool kids’ table

B.C. universities post $340 million worth of surpluses thanks to international student tuition

Students call for spending as international enrolment produces huge surpluses at many universities

Conservatives urge Morneau to deliver ‘urgent’ fall economic update

Morneau says the first thing the Liberals plan to do is bring in their promised tax cut for the middle class

INFOGRAPHIC: How much money did your local university or college make last year?

B.C. university and colleges posted a combined $340 million surplus in 2018/19

B.C. creates $8.5M organization to improve safety for health care workers

Group will bring together unions, province, health care organizations

Kovrig clings to humour as ‘two Michaels’ near one year in Chinese prison

Their detention is widely viewed as retaliation for Canada’s arrest of Chinese high-tech scion Meng Wanzhou

B.C. VIEWS: An engine that hums right along

First Nations are leading a new surge of investment in B.C.

Brain injury from domestic abuse a ‘public health crisis,’ says B.C. researcher

Nearly 80% of the domestic violence victims who reported to police last year were women

Most Read