Please come prepared to describe your recent bear encounters: Did you do the right thing? Did you know why the bear did what it did? What would you do differently? How would you advise your colleagues on the basis of your encounter? If you had a recent encounter you are willing to share with the group, please let us know in advance during registration. He will give us his perspective on what happened, why, and whether you did—or perhaps didn’t—respond appropriately. If time permits, Tony will also attempt to answer any questions you may have about BC bears, not necessarily related to safety.
Tony is a semi-retired bear biologist currently contracted by the Okanagan Nation Alliance to assist with Grizzly bear recovery planning in the Manning and Skagit Park area. Tony worked for the Ministry of Environment on bears from 1982–2018 as a researcher and manager, with specialties in bear-forestry interactions, land use planning and cumulative effects of major project development. He is a regular educator on human-bear conflict prevention, including worker safety in bear country and has recently helped the Forest Practices Board and FLNROD Inventory Branch review and update their field crews’ bear knowledge safety practices and protocols.