Bear Safety & More's founder, Kim Titchener has worked on wildlife
conflict reduction programs with multiple government agencies,
communities and industry for 15 years.
She lives in bear country, and in Alberta this can mean almost any area of the province, but Canmore is the place she calls home.
Kim came to the Canadian Rockies in the late 90’s; fell in love with
the natural environment and community for its value of coexisting with
wildlife. She then dedicated the next five years to studying
environmental education, parks management and leadership at Lakehead
University. Gaining field experience in Banff National Park monitoring
bear activity and educating the public on bear safety.
Kim soon learned first-hand the challenges we face living with
wildlife. Out of the misfortune of seeing so many bears die due to human
interface, and the tragedy we deal with when interactions with bears go
wrong, she was inspired to dedicate her career to helping communities
and businesses learn to live smart with wildlife.
A Culture of Bear Safety
Since then she’s worked on bear conflict reduction programs with
multiple government agencies, and spearheaded the creation and
facilitation of WildSmart, a multi-stakeholder coalition established to reduce human wildlife conflict in the Bow Valley and Kananaskis Country.
into a nationally recognized conservation strategy and community model
for reducing conflict between people and wildlife. Her experience in
engaging others in social behaviour change to create a bear safety
culture in communities and industry has led to speaking engagements
throughout Canada and the U.S.
Bear Conflict Reduction Programs
Kim has also served as a board member for Alberta BearSmart,
a public awareness program for people visiting, living or working in
bear territory. This experience lead her to identify the need to develop
and deliver bear safety training and wildlife conflict plans for
industry and communities working and recreating in bear country.
Over the past 14 years Kim has delivered wildlife safety programs to
over 65,000 people and worked with Fish and Wildlife officers to develop
a training program to educate government personnel on teaching members
of the public to use bear spray.