Admirable intentions but can this work?
"In the Bella Coola Valley, and throughout British Columbia, there has
been a shift in recent years in the way bear-human conflict is managed.
Trophy hunting in the province, which claimed about 300 bears a year,
was banned in 2017. Conservation officers no longer routinely kill bears
involved in altercations with humans. And residents are being
instructed by the provincial government to manage “attractants” like
orchards, gardens, beehives, chicken coops, sheep paddocks and barbecues
as carefully as they manage garbage."
This new policy was followed in a recent bear attack where a park ranger was seriously wounded, losing part of his ear, severely damaging his scalp, and suffering deep puncture wounds to his abdomen. He had been hoping to take photos of the bear and her cubs, a few feet from his cabin when she attacked. He had to drive himself to the nearest hospital. He is glad that the bear was not shot and blames himself.
Education and changes in the environment are helping the new policy work but it is not simple. Humans are encroaching on the bears' environment and people have different opinions about what should be the result. Photo taking tourists are helping to make the bears less afraid of humans which can make for dangerous encounters.