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Being bear aware helps keep people and bears safe

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A black bear sighted by one of our remote wildlife cameras.

June 2018 – Bears may look cute and cuddly from a distance, but an up-close encounter is a different matter, and can result in bad outcomes for both people and the animals involved.

That’s why we concentrate on employee safety and wildlife protection at our field operations by doing all we can to minimize human-wildlife interactions before they occur.

"Educating people about bear safety helps us protect people and bears at our field operations," says Jesse Wong, a Senior Environmental Advisor at Cenovus. “We have developed a wildlife safety program which includes specific bear safety content to help enhance human safety and reduce human-wildlife interactions.”

This online training is available for all Cenovus employees and highly recommended for third-party contractors who work with us at our field operations. We also provide external links to resources on bear safety.

At our sites, we have several measures in place to help ensure we’re reducing the chances of conflict with bears including:

  • Bear-proof garbage containers
  • Electric fencing around accommodation areas to deter food-seeking bears
  • Bear monitoring through our wildlife sighting and reporting program and remote cameras
  • Regular cleaning of the facilities, ensuring no garbage or waste is loose on site
  • When needed, we can call handlers with dogs trained to help keep bears from entering the camp area

“You can never be too careful with how garbage is handled at our sites,” says John Fileccia, Cenovus Senior Coordinator, Non-process Infrastructure and Maintenance. “We don’t want to give bears a reason to stop. Bears are great to see in the wild, away from our facilities.”