Banff Bears were officially protected from hunting from 1902 onwards however, feeding and other forms of interaction were frequently encouraged and in 1907, Banff opened a zoo in what is now Central Park and some private operators used animals to promote their businesses.Increasing interest in conservation, and recognition of the potential harm of habituating wild animals, has significantly changed the public view of local bears.Today Parks Canada, the Town of Banff, and local residents work to discourage human-bear interactions and to promote safe bear behaviour. Secure garbage and recycling facilities discourage bears from entering town in search of food, while hikers are advised to make noise and travel in groups.
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