We greatly appreciate the coverage your paper has given us with regards to rattlesnakes in the Kamloops area (The Daily News, Sept. 6). It is through public education that we can help protect this valuable part of our ecosystem.
I should point out that in my conversation with your reporter I neglected to give the most important phone number — the Conservation Officer Service’s 24-hour reporting line at 1-877-952-7277. People should phone this number first and the COS will pass along the information to us or to bylaws if they are unable to respond.
We obtained this relocation permit just to act as a backup to the Conservation Officer Service and to help augment the service we provide in teaching people how to minimize human-wildlife conflict throughout the province.
The COs should always be the first number for people to call when faced with any form of human-wildlife conflict.