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Bears create full-time jobs in Banff

Allen Best

BANFF, Alberta It’s springtime in the Canadian Rockies, when grizzly bears are hungry. The higher slopes remain covered by snow, and besides, there are new-born elk calves to snack on. The elk, thinking they are more secure in town, tend to loiter close to houses and golf courses and the like. Which means there are bears thereabouts.The Rocky Mountain Outlook explains that this situation has wildlife wardens in Banff National Park up at all hours of the day and night, preventing elk from getting too comfortable being inside the town and discouraging bears from entering. Because if there are troubles, then the bears will be shot, and there aren’t that many of them left.A grizzly sow called Bear No. 66 was in the region near Banff on a mid-May Sunday morning when several horseback riders came upon her. Usually, horses and bears are fine together, but for some reason the bear got startled and lit out, which spooked the horses. Two riders were treated for minor injuries. Motorists advised to turn off idling carsWHISTLER, B.C. If you come to a roadblock for highway construction while driving a car, what should you do?Turn it off. That’s the message being disseminated between Vancouver and Whistler, where expansion of the Sea to Sky Highway is underway. To leave your car running wastes fuel and money but also hurts the environment, including the air being breathed by construction workers. Idling for more than 10 seconds uses more fuel than turning off the engine and restarting it, according to Natural Resources Canada.Whistler bans idling but, as municipal councilor Ken Melamed points out, enforcement of the law is unpalatable and relatively ineffective.The more people hear about how much fuel is wasted leaving a car idling, the more the law will be followed, he says.Council opposes Jumbo resortINVERMERE, B.C. A sharply divided Invermere council has voted to oppose the new ski resort at Jumbo Glacier. There is some doubt whether the municipality has the legal authority to take such a stance, notes the Invermere Valley Echo, but those supporting the stance say that public input from the residents of Invermere has been overwhelmingly in opposition to the proposed $450 million resort.

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