Concerns highlighted in the BC Auditor General’s report on grizzly bears reflect top issues in the East Kootenay.
This from Wildsight’s John Bergenske after the audit on grizzlies was released Tuesday.
He suggests it is right on the mark and highlights many of Wildsight’s longstanding concerns
The auditor general suggested one of the greatest risks to grizzlies are resources roads.
Bergenske says in our region it is certainly one of the biggest problems.
He points out they have been with local forestry companies, specifically Canfor, to make sure new resource roads being built are temporary and industry continues to keep natural habitat in mind.
Bergenske says after this year’s wildfire season resource roads have increased significantly.
There are more than 600,000 km of resource road in BC, expanding by 10,000 km every year.
The auditor general stated in her report that the expansion of industry and human settlement will make it hard for grizzlies to find food, raise their young and results in increased human-bear conflicts.
The report makes 10 recommendations, including clarifying the management and protection roles of the forests and environment ministries to reduce overlapping responsibilities.
Bergenske says he’s encouraged the NDP government has accepted the recommendations and has committed to implementing them in the future.
– Wildsight Conservation Director John Bergenske