Bear Aware Benefits From Fruit Program
Doug Bell of Northern Lights Estate Winery pours a sample of Lumiere Blanche for Dave Bakker from the vats where wine is fermenting. – photo 250News
Prince George, B.C. – For the second straight year, Northern Bear Aware Society has received a cheque from the Northern Lights Estate Winery.
The money is payment for fruit collected by the Society this fall, as it worked to remove attractants from properties in Prince George. The fruit collected is delivered to the winery in Prince George, which is using the apples to make “Lumiere Blanche”, a light white wine. The wine is already being made and will be ready for sale in the Spring.
Dave Bakker, head of the Northern Bear Aware Society says they collected nearly 9 thousand pounds of apples this year, double the amount collected last year. “It’s really important the people who either delivered the fruit from their trees directly to the winery, or had volunteers pick them for them, are thanked for this. It means the message is getting out that we have to do whatever we can to eliminate bear attractants from our neighbourhoods.”
The Northern Lights Estate Winery also hired some people from AiMHi to pick fruit, providing jobs to those who often face challenges finding work.
The cheque from the winery amounted to $3237.50, dollars that will go a long way towards funding education programs in the city to get people to remove attractants. “This ( amount) is an unexpected surprise” says Bakker.
41 bears were destroyed from April 1 – Nov. 15 in Prince George, and half were destroyed in the past six weeks when bears are looking for any kind of food to prepare themselves for hibernation.