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Sharing landscape with large carnivores is challenging

Sharing landscape with large carnivores is challenging
By Dave Lueneberg
By Dave Lueneberg
Shootin’ the Breeze Local Journalism Initiative Reporter
Shootin’ the Breeze Local Journalism Initiative Reporter
January 11, 2024
January 11, 2024
Waterton Biosphere Reserve Association gets $700K funding to support solutions through Carnivores and Communities Program.
Waterton Biosphere Reserve Association gets $700K funding to support solutions through Carnivores and Communities Program.
IMAGE: Shannon Peace
The Alberta government is extending funding to the Waterton Biosphere Reserve Association’s Carnivores and Communities Program through 2028. The project looks at potential solutions to address encounters between wildlife and the area’s ranchers and farmers.
IMAGE: Shannon Peace
The Alberta government is extending funding to the Waterton Biosphere Reserve Association’s Carnivores and Communities Program through 2028. The project looks at potential solutions to address encounters between wildlife and the area’s ranchers and farmers.

The group behind a project addressing human and wildlife interaction has received a financial shot in the arm.

The Alberta government is awarding the Waterton Biosphere Reserve Association $700,000 over the next five years for its Carnivores and Communities Program.

The concept: to find solutions for southwest farmers, ranchers and landowners directly affected by wildlife while at the same time protecting animals caught in the crosshairs.

“Coexisting with wildlife, including large carnivores, is an everyday part of living and working in rural Alberta,” says Todd Loewen, minister of forestry and parks. “This investment will help protect humans, wildlife and infrastructure.”

Among the group’s initiatives is reducing what it calls primary agriculture attractants. That can be everything from managing dead livestock to securing grain, feed and garbage. It also offers bear safety training for ranch families.

Sharing the landscape with large carnivores can be challenging, says CACP co-ordinator Jeff Bectell. “This new funding will enable us to continue helping our community coexist with the wildlife around us.”

Since 2009, the province has supported this project through single- and multi-year grants. However, the last three-year arrangement ended last spring.

 

 

 

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The group behind a project addressing human and wildlife interaction has received a financial shot in the arm.

The Alberta government is awarding the Waterton Biosphere Reserve Association $700,000 over the next five years for its Carnivores and Communities Program.

The concept: to find solutions for southwest farmers, ranchers and landowners directly affected by wildlife while at the same time protecting animals caught in the crosshairs.

“Coexisting with wildlife, including large carnivores, is an everyday part of living and working in rural Alberta,” says Todd Loewen, minister of forestry and parks. “This investment will help protect humans, wildlife and infrastructure.”

Among the group’s initiatives is reducing what it calls primary agriculture attractants. That can be everything from managing dead livestock to securing grain, feed and garbage. It also offers bear safety training for ranch families.

Sharing the landscape with large carnivores can be challenging, says CACP co-ordinator Jeff Bectell. “This new funding will enable us to continue helping our community coexist with the wildlife around us.”

Since 2009, the province has supported this project through single- and multi-year grants. However, the last three-year arrangement ended last spring.

 

 

 

Aerial view of the Cowley Lions Campground on the Castle River in southwestern Alberta

 

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