J.r. Warren 
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Re: “Mountain bikers respond to park management plan

There are many considerations regarding the intensive management of such a wildlife rich area as the South Chilcotin Mountains Park.

Unfortunately at the forefront is " inadequate staffing levels " of British Columbia Conservation Officers " resulting in higher case loads, slower response times or no response at all."

Their " motto used to be ' Anytime Anywhere ' now it is ' Sometimes Maybe '.
My first hand experience with a Black Bear problem and dealing with the CO in my area was to " notify the Authorities of any loud noises ".
Easy to read between the lines on that one.The outcome was that I lost 50 chickens rather than report any loud noise. Bear proofing is a challenge !

Blacks and Grizzlies are different but their interaction with people can result in the same and sometimes fatal outcome for the bear.

It would be more in keeping for all SCMP users to have the estimated 150 Grizzly Bear SCMP population as the primary focus and limit/restrict all usage according to the Grizzlies needs and peoples safety.

With the focus from who/what/where/when... to.... how can we conserve, protect and monitor this Park so close to Whistler (150 km ) and Vancouver (300 km) then there is more of the Grizzlies' interests taken care of than groups' interests.

Extensive and conclusive studies, or good old common sense, will determine the fate of the Grizzlies. Hard to determine when Politics are involved !

In other areas like the Great Bear Rainforest it is documented that the income from bear viewing produces 12 times the local revenue ( $15 M ) and 50 times the jobs ( 510 ) as did trophy hunting.
Keep the bears' needs first and foremost.
Respect the land and its history.

Recently near my home I was mounted on my horse walking through an open grassy field all the while keeping my eye on a mating pair of Canada Geese in the distance who were only twenty feet from my passing path line.

They kept their eye on us and remained unthreatened as we rode by.

Might as well have been Grizzlies in the dense bush.
Outcome could have been the same. Mysterious Adventure.

Can you say the same for you preferred recreation transportation ?

Check out the links below. Voice your concerns and expectations.

Although the majority of funding goes toward Mtn Bike Trails, you don't have to have a bike to join the PVTA as it is a trails association not a Mtn. Bike Association.Hikers.motorized, dog walkers, strollers, families,seniors,wheel chairs,horses,.. all use trails. Be heard. Speak up. Attend a meeting.
Membership is $10. www.pembertontrails.com

Nor do you have to own a horse to join the BCHBC.
Only a passion,concern or interest in the safe usage and preservation of historical trails for our four legged trusting companions.
Membership is $45 of which half is returned to the chapter you join to designate to local maintenance...There is a newly formed Chapter now in the Pemberton Valley. www.bchorsemen.org



***Georgia Straight March 25 th ,2015

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Posted by J.r. Warren on 05/21/2015 at 4:50 AM

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