Removing attractants to reduce human-wildlife conflict in the Elk Valley

Fruit trees can cause problems for landholders and the wider community when the fruit draws wildlife into human spaces. Bears, deer, coyotes, and other species are drawn into yards where fruit trees are found, and may be killed if they pose a risk to the community. In 2021, a collaborative project between WildSafeBC and Dr. Clayton Lamb, with funding from the Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative (Y2Y), provided subsidies to landholders in the Elk Valley to remove and replace fruit trees with non-fruit or nut-bearing trees. The goal is to foster human-wildlife coexistence through removing attractants and other sources of conflict between residents.

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Photo by Rideout Photography