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Oh Deer, is it the weekend already?! We hope everyone has a great weekend enjoying the great outdoors. Be sure to tag us in your weekend adventures for a chance to be featured! ⠀ ⠀ Congrats to this weeks #BCWFPhotoContest winner @lanky_lauren.

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#WetlandsWednesday ⠀ Last month our wetlands team partnered with the Lower Kootenay Band south of Creston to restore over 13 hectares of wetlands. These wetlands will provide habitat to the red-listed Northern Leopard Frog, blue-listed Western Painted Turtle, as well as many species of waterfowl and other wildlife. The wetlands were restored at a site historically disconnected from the Kootenay River and hydrologically modified for agricultural production. ⠀ ⠀ This project was made possible thanks to funding provided by the Fish and Wildlife Compensation Program and the Government of Canada. ⠀ Photo credit: Tom Biebighauser

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BCWF President, Harvey Andrusak spoke to over 50 Creston Valley Rod and Gun members last night on the status of Kootenay Lake fishery. He spoke of how the Kootenay Lake recovery is far too slow as Ministry fisheries biologists are too conservative and hesitant to implement effective suppression of Bull Trout to accelerate kokanee recovery. Comparisons were made with how Idaho Fish & Game aggressively suppressed predators on Lake Pend O'Reille and the kokanee population recovered in less than ten years. Kootenay Lake kokanee recovery has yet to begin after 5 years of numbers falling below 200,000 to lows of less than 30,000 over the last 4 years. ⠀ ⠀ The Creston club is very active with kids fishing, sport shooting and range⠀ improvements. Their backyard has been the scene of total loss of the⠀ Selkirk caribou herd and the collapse of the Kootenay Lake fishery. ⠀ ⠀ The photo shows Harvey Andrusak shaking the hand of President Les Herle. On the left is secretary Annette Rocco Morse, Walter Morse Vice President (behind⠀ Annette) and Dave White, Treasurer.

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