Kokanee numbers down drastically
Spawning numbers of salmon in the province's most important kokanee fishery are the lowest on record. This fall biologists counted only 2 thousand kokanee in Wood Lake near Kelowna. That's ten times lower than the amount of salmon counted only 2 years ago. Paul Askey is a provincial fish biologist. He says Wood Lake is very rich in nutrients. And that coupled with a very hot summer in 2011 caused algae blooms that robbed oxygen from the lake. Askey says the population should recover because good water conditions returned to Wood Lake last summer. As well as the fact conservation groups are working to improve flows in the creek where kokanee spawn.
Environment Minister says Bimbo the deer has got to go
B.C.'s Environment Minister and Kamloops North Thompson MLA Terry Lake is now weighing-in on the case of Bimbo the deer. The animal has been living in Janet Schwartz's Ucluelet home for about nine years, since it was a fawn. Officials have been pleading with Schwartz to let the deer go, but so far she has refused. Lake says it's illegal to keep wild animals as pets. The province says it will work with Schwartz, but says in the end Bimbo will spend her remaining years at a wildlife rehabilitation centre.