Cranbrook and Kimberley experienced their lowest number of human-wildlife conflicts in four years.
So says WildsafeBC coordinator Danica Roussy who is delivering her 2017 report.
Roussy suggests community awareness is driving down numbers.
Nearly 190 incidents were called in from Kimberley this year, compared to over 200 last year and more than 300 in 2015.
270 encounters were reported from Cranbrook in 2017, half the number of reports in recent years according to Roussy.
All of the conflicts were reported through WildsafeBC’s Wildlife Alert Reporting Program (WARP) website.
Roussy believes there’s been great collaboration in local educational programs, along with municipal governments and residents to better manage attractants such as garbage, fruit trees and bird feeders.
She says the lessons taught to school students are yielding great results as some of the biggest advocates for wildlife awareness are youth.
Roussy also points out an extremely hot and dry summer, that closed the backcountry for over a month, likely played a role in the decreases.
Almost 62 per cent of reported encounters in Kimberley this year involved deer, while 66 per cent of calls involved deer in Cranbrook.
Wildlife encounters in both areas began to spike upwards in the beginning of April as animals is became more abundant as the snow melted.
The highest peak of the season for wildlife encounters this year was in the June for both Kimberley and Cranbrook.
Kimberley saw more encounters into the Fall.
Roussy explains this is because Cranbrook is in the valley bottom and bears make their way to higher elevations heading into hibernation.