B.C. funds education programs to help save bears
Environment Minister Barry Penner says the B.C. Conservation Foundation will get a $250,000 grant for its Bear Aware education program.
The Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation will get a $200,000 grant for communities to participate in its Bear Smart program.
Penner says about 700 bears are destroyed in the province every year because the animals pose a danger to the public while they're looking for food.
He says too many people carelessly leave food and garbage around, drawing the animals to places they shouldn't be.
Penner says reducing conflicts between bears and people will also mean savings in the long run because the province's conservation office spends about $1 million a year responding to bear complaints.