High Bar First Nations Notice - Not Selling Fishing Permits
May 4, 2017
To whom it may concern:
We are writing to let you know that due to super low salmon stocks, High Bar First Nation will not be issuing fishing permits this year to anyone who it not a High Bar Member. We are sorry for the inconvenience, but we need to help conserve our salmon stocks and also give our members a chance to catch their FSC fish. Our fishing territory is very small and due to the limited time openings to fish, we need to reserve these areas for High Bar members only. We are sending this letter to all people who have purchased fishing permits in our area. We are also forwarding it to as many bands as possible. We need to get the word out so that people who normally fish in the High Bar Territory can make other arrangements to get their FSC fish. Again sorry for the inconvenience, we will readdress this issue next year depending on the salmon stocks.
All my relations,
High Bar First Nation
White-nose Syndrome in Bats
The Province, in partnership with the BC Community Bat Program and other concerned groups, are asking the public to be on the lookout for dead or sick bats that may have contracted an invasive fungal disease called White Nose Syndrome. White Nose Syndrome has not been detected in British Columbia; however it was detected in Washington State in 2016 and the risk of its arrival is very high. The disease, which refers to a white fungus that grows on the muzzles or bodies of bats, has killed over 6 million bats since arriving in the eastern United States in 2006 and reaching Canada in 2010. White Nose Syndrome does not infect humans.
Do not attempt to capture sick or injured bats and do not touch a dead bat with your bare hands due to a risk of rabies. If you do find a dead bat, collect it in a plastic bag using leather gloves and label the bag with the date, location, your name and contact information, then put the bag in the freezer and contact the BC Community Bat Program.
For more information, please visit: www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/environment/plants-animals-ecosystems/wildlife/wildlife-health/wildlife-diseases/white-nose-syndrome
BC Community Bat Program: www.bcbats.ca/
Canadian Wildlife Health Co-operative: www.cwhc-rcsf.ca/wns.php
Bats of British Columbia: www.bcbat.ca/