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Experts seek lessons after the death of a beloved bear in B.C.

Published Jul 7, 2024 at 4:00am
In spring 2023, Parks Canada installed electric fencing along the Trans Canada Highway from Lake Louise to the B.C.-Alberta border to protect animals, including a white grizzly bear named Nakoda.
Despite these efforts, Nakoda and her two cubs were killed by vehicles in separate collisions in June near the B.C. border. This tragedy underscores the challenges of protecting wildlife on highways. Parks Canada and private groups are advocating for improved electric fencing. Parks Canada spokesperson Saundi Stevens emphasized the difficulties of maintaining such fencing, as fallen trees and unpowered sections can compromise its effectiveness. Wildlife management staff were repairing fencing when the bears were killed, highlighting the ongoing need for maintenance and improvement. The initiative is also supported by Gillian Sanders, who promotes electric fencing to reduce bear-human conflicts. Despite efforts, the loss of Nakoda and her cubs remains a significant blow to those who worked to protect them.