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FYI

Grouse Mountain has proposed creating a 50-acre bear refuge at the top of Fromme (around the 7th switchback). Potential trails impacted include Upper Per Gynt and the Dump Trail.

There is a DNV council meeting on October 22nd where this will be discussed. See below for supporting information.

Grouse Mountain Bear Refuge Update and Information Night on Oct 22nd.

- July 13, 2009 Regular Council Meeting:
http://www.dnv.org/upload/documents/...s/cm090713.htm

- proposal and maps of area on Fromme and Grouse attached:
http://www.dnv.org/upload/documents/...ts/1246601.pdf

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Cool. But 50 acres isn't very big.
Wait, maybe not cool. Is "refuge" another word for "zoo"?
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Cool. But 50 acres isn't very big.
Wait, maybe not cool. Is "refuge" another word for "zoo"?
Well, read the proposal. Short answer is, "no".

The area would be used as a temporary holding ground as part of the orphaned bear rehabilitation initiative. Bears would transferred to the facility from Critter Care at an average of 8 months old and 60 lbs. Then they would be released into the wild at about 18 months and 200 lbs. It would be run by a non-profit organization, Southwest BC Orphan Bear Refuge Society.

The only question that document doesn't answer is that bears being rehabilitated should avoid human contact, and it doesn't mention the possibility of hikers/mountain bikers hanging out around the outside of the enclosure, taking pics, etc.
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Cool. But 50 acres isn't very big.
Wait, maybe not cool. Is "refuge" another word for "zoo"?
Well, read the proposal. Short answer is, "no".

The area would be used as a temporary holding ground as part of the orphaned bear rehabilitation initiative. Bears would transferred to the facility from Critter Care at an average of 8 months old and 60 lbs. Then they would be released into the wild at about 18 months and 200 lbs. It would be run by a non-profit organization, Southwest BC Orphan Bear Refuge Society.

The only question that document doesn't answer is that bears being rehabilitated should avoid human contact, and it doesn't mention the possibility of hikers/mountain bikers hanging out around the outside of the enclosure, taking pics, etc.
It looks like there is a plan for some sort of buffer zone outside the fenced area to minimize human contact, and also a re-routing proposal for hiking and biking trails. The proposal is for 80 acres.
I'm not sure how they intend to enforce people staying away from the fence line. Hopefully people will use common sense.

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