GN takes aim at predator damage
"These programs encourage people to take part in traditional activities by making them safer for both humans and wildlife"
To help people in Nunavut protect themselves from injury and loss caused by polar bears and other predators, the Government of Nunavut has launched two new programs.
The Wildlife Damage Prevention Program and the Wildlife Damage Compensation Program will give Nunavummiut “the opportunity to improve personal safety and take steps towards reducing the number of incidences of wildlife-related property damage.”
“These programs encourage people to take part in traditional activities by making them safer for both humans and wildlife,” said an Oct. 15 GN news release.
“The safety of our communities and all Nunavummiut is very important,” said James Arreak, Nunavut’s environment minister. “The aim of these programs is to encourage preventative actions that will reduce the number of incidences and severity of wildlife-related property damage. By working together we can ensure Nunavummiut have the knowledge they require to protect themselves and their property.”
Through the Wildlife Damage Prevention Program, people and community groups can apply for money to buy protective equipment and supplies such as electric fencing, electronic bear detection devices, bear-proof storage containers and bear-proofing construction supplies.
The Wildlife Damage Compensation Program will compensate people or groups “who have taken the necessary preventative measures but who have still experienced loss or damage to their property.”
To be approved for that program, the GN must receive a claim, which will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis, the news release said.
For more information about the programs contact your local Wildlife Conservation Office or visit the Department of Environment’s website.