We often hear about people leaving gifts of food out in the woods for Bigfoot. It happens quite regularly in the United States. You have to remember though, that we are not in the United States.
Our laws are different. In British Columbia, it is against the law to feed wildlife. You can face a stiff penalty up to $100,000, or a year's jail time for the first offence, and up to double that for a subsequent offence. This may have been updated since I last looked in to it. At any rate, penalties are stiff and rightfully so.
There are reasons why we have these laws in place. Wildlife will become habituated to humans. Always coming to look for food (an easy handout) rather than foraging for their normal foods. They become dependent on humans, in order to survive. This is not in the best interest of the animals. It can have some very detrimental effects. This also brings about conflicts between animals and humans, as well as with pets.
Forget about leaving gifts of food. The forests are loaded with natural food sources!
When you think about it, much of our food has been contaminated in some form or another. Herbicides, pesticides, other chemicals, (human DNA) genetic modifications, and added harmful ingredients. Why pass that along to the animals?!
Welcome to my new blog. I am in the process of moving my notes, reports and other info over. You may also notice changes from time to time. Like moving in to a new home, I am trying to figure out where and how I want things to be. Bear with me!
2017 Enviro & Wildlife News of Interest
- Mar. 25 - Beach reopens but dog ban still in place after wolf attack near Ucluelet
- Mar 23 - Video shows a young wolf playing with a dog toy in Prince Rupert backyard
- Mar. 23 - Beach closed, dogs temporarily banned after wolf attack near Ucluelet
- Mar. 23 - Man mauled by grizzly bear on B.C. central coast
- Mar. 23 - BC Wildfire Service promotes caution in the wake of spring thaw
- Mar. 22 - Signs Of Early Bear Activity In City
- Mar. 19 - Environment Canada calls for 'warmer than normal' spring for most of Canada
- Mar. 17 - Below normal snow-pack in mountains could not bode well for areas of province this summer.
- Mar. 17 - 'It's so sketchy out there': Historic avalanche cycle creates extreme risk in the Rockies
- Mar. 16 - Heart and skeletal muscle inflammation diagnosed in a B.C. farmed fish.
- Mar. 16 - BC Wild Fire Service caution residents on open burns as snow continues to melt.
- Mar. 15 - (Tofino) Wolf advisory: Are wolves becoming too comfortable around humans?
- Mar. 7 - Future survival of B.C.’s grizzly bears at risk: Report
- Mar. 1 - Problem deer returning to Kootenay towns amid relocation efforts
- Mar. 1 - Wolves around camp (Unist'ot'en)
- Feb. 21 - Go back to bed! Early-riser bear spotted near Whitehorse
- Feb. 21 - To trap or not to trap? Langley Township wrestles with beaver problems
- Feb. 4 - Canmore wolf sightings concern officials
- Jan. 17 - Mother and trio of cougar cubs put down in Penticton, B.C.
- Jan. 6 - Bear cub sent to Smithers Northern Lights Rehabilitation Centre after found abandoned in PG
- Jan. 4 - Man says he was stalked by a bobcat on Burnaby Mountain
- 2016 - General notes & links to some of the news making headlines