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Help the bears and the scientists

I have noticed that some of the letters that printed in the Citizen are ones that either are complaints or are critical of one situation or another. I am submmitting this as a plea for help.

I have noticed that some of the letters that printed in the Citizen are ones that either are complaints or are critical of one situation or another. I am submmitting this as a plea for help. Many Prince George residents are aware that this time of the year brings the bears into our neighborhoods, as they are trying to fatten up for the coming winter.The summer climate this year produced a very poor crop of natural food for the bears which means they are not as well nurished as they could be.This leads to them seeking out anything they can find, this means our garbage containers.Now there are certain areas of the city which recieve more than their fair share of these raiders specificaly the areas of Charella, College Heights and my neighborhood Hart Highlands. My main reason for submitting this is to bring attention to the important research being conducted in these areas.Researchers and Biologists have collared bears in these areas with the goal of collecting enough data in the hopes of finding alternative solutions than to destroying bears every year. If enough information is collected from these collared bears solutions may bring an end to the bear human conflict in our city. I have recently found out that the collared bear was recently destroyed, that means all the data relating to this bear will not be as useful as data collected from a bear which makes it to den up. And the process of capturing and tagging another must begin again, more work for the reseachers. I have a collared bear in my neighborhood and have seen this 10 year girl several times and have even learned her name is Nechako given to her by the Research team. So this is my plea to the people of Prince George please be mindfull of your garbage and the days it is to be collected, birdfeeders,petfood and any fruit trees are also on the list.So let us try to ease the burden of these dedicated researchers so that they may find a better solution for one of Prince Georges oldest natural inhabitants

Thank You

Dave Bakker

Hart Highlands

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