To kick off the month of May, Rocky View County will host two workshops in Springbank focused on safely coexisting with local wildlife. We believe these events will provide important information to the public, and would be a worthwhile use of resident’s time.
As pointed out by Jay Honeyman, Human Wildlife Conflict Biologist for Alberta Environment and Parks’ South Saskatchewan Region, learning to live with species like bears and coyotes benefits RVC residents by reducing the likelihood of a dangerous encounter or unfortunate property damage. The safety implications are obvious.
However, that’s not the only reason these workshops are important. We humans can forget we aren’t the only ones occupying this beautiful region. From the mountains to the prairies and from the foothills to the forests, deer, birds, bears, coyotes and countless other creatures reside in their natural habitats.
The presence of all these species is vital to maintaining the local ecosystem, and in many cases, these animals were present long before we were. By learning to live alongside native species, we can preserve their homes and their safety, as well as our own.
Ultimately, learning to coexist harmoniously with local species is a win-win – humans and wildlife alike stay safe and flourish. We must remember that we share the land with wildlife, and as we continue to move into their turf, we must be mindful of our impacts and steward the County accordingly.