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Sunshine Coast gets WildSafe funding for 2014

The Sunshine Coast is getting money to run a WildSafe BC Program again this year.

The province is spending 275-thousand dollars to help pay for 20 community coordinators, who are going to be trying to spread the message about reducing human-wildlife conflicts.

Kim Drescher will be returning as the Sunshine Coast coordinator. She says one of the reasons the area was able to get funding in a very competitive environment is the strong local support that includes partnerships with the Sunshine Coast Regional District, companies like Lehigh, and private donors.

Although Drescher won’t officially start up the WildSafe office until May 1st, the animals aren’t following the same calendar and bears are already out and about.

Drescher says, however, so far this spring there haven’t been any incidents that required Conservation Officers to get involved.

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Drescher says she’ll also be looking to recruit some volunteers again this season.  You can find out more, including how to volunteer, at

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