Kathy Murray – Fernie Bear Aware Coordinator
This is my seventh year as Community Coordinator for the Fernie Bear Aware Program. I originally got involved with Bear Aware in 2005 when I had an opportunity to volunteer with the children’s educational component of the program.
I graduated from Bishops University in Quebec in 1986. I then spent the best part of 12 years fulfilling the lifelong dreams of working my way around the world and representing Canada at the World Cup Telemark finals in 1998. Winters were spent as a ski instructor in the Alps and summers as a windsurfing instructor in the Mediterranean.
I came back to Fernie in 1999 and never left. I still spend my winters as a ski instructor and summers as a Program Coordinator for Bear Aware. I really enjoy the challenge of working with the community to ultimately ensure that Fernie remains safe for both people and bears.
I recently moved to the Elk Valley, and this is my first year working as a Bear Aware Community Coordinator. I am passionate about finding ways for people and bears to coexist peacefully in the Elk Valley, and I am really enjoying the beautiful nature and friendly communities here.
I have a Bachelor of Science in biology from the University of Victoria and a Master of Resource Management from Simon Fraser University. I have always been interested in bears, and my master’s research explored stakeholder views on grizzly bear management in the Banff-Bow Valley in Alberta.
About Bear Aware BC
Bear Aware’s mission is to reduce the number of bear-human conflicts in communities through education, innovation and cooperation.
This reduction in human-bear conflict is accomplished by providing information about attractant management and providing education, and assistance about the tools available to secure those attractants.
Owned by the British Columbia Conservation Foundation, with funding support from various levels of government and private organizations, the Bear Aware Program works closely with municipalities, regional districts, local societies and volunteer groups.
Report bear sightings and attractants to the Conservation Service at 1-877-952-7277
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