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Bryce is a former Conservation Officer who made international headlines when he refused orders to kill two healthy Bear cubs. Educating residents on safely co-existing with wildlife remains a passion of his, as he writes for his own blog and as is frequently contacted by media to serve as an expert source. He joined Defender Radio to discuss who Cougars are, how to distinguish between sensationalism and fact, and what we can… Read More

This is a very interesting company and I think this is definitely as step in the right direction: vrsafetytraining.ca Based in Prince George, VR Safety Training Solutions develops safety training programs that immerse you in the experience. From dangerous wildlife safety to tactical enforcement, they create safety training scenarios designed to prevent injury and save lives.

Does an alternative not exist? Surely it must! My heart aches for these majestic animals. As a so called progressive society we seem to focus on continued devastation as opposed to preservation. What have we become!? For example, serial pedophiles are a public safety risk, do we shoot them? No! We allow for investigation and due process and if proven guilty, the offender is provided a much lighter sentence than death and then… Read More

On the evening of March 3rd and in the early morning hours of the 4th, three Cougars were killed after attacking livestock near Courtenay. I could literally walk from where I live to where this took place. We must find a non lethal way to coexist with these incredible animals instead of destroying them. This is absolutely horrendous. Here’s the report by CTV Vancouver Island: vancouverisland.ctvnews.ca/three-cougars-killed-after-attacking-livestock-near-courtenay-1.3830099

We had another successful shoot today up by Comox Lake. Some more, preliminary footage for “Lord of the Forest” is coming together nicely.

…the recent footage surrounding “Vancouver Island Hunter stalked by Cougar” has raised a lot of questions and in some cases controversy. Rightfully so! As many of you know, I am fascinated by this animal, hence the documentary film that I am currently working on. Credible sources however suggest that the individual that captured this footage baited and taunted the animal and then disguised the footage for dramatic purposes. This is not something… Read More

I’m convinced that my friend, colleague and co-producer Paul Novy held back an expletive or two but we finally settled on the poster for our film. This is 95% Paul’s design and I think it’s exceptional! Thank you to those I reached out to for your thoughts as well.

Today, we started production of “Lord of the Forest” – Searching for the truth about the Vancouver Island Mountain Lion- We got some great initial footage and were able to interview many local Comox Valley residents. We’re well on our way to being able to tell this story, a story that must be told. One of the highlights of our day occurred near the end. Paul and I had a phone conversation… Read More

A few months back, I mentioned how I was collaborating with documentary filmmaker Paul Novy from Iceberg Films – icebergfilms.com about a documentary film to showcase the relationships between nature and photography. We got started on that but there’s been a change of plans. For now, we’ve decided to shelve that effort. We will re visit it, in the future maybe. Due to the excitement and immediate feedback surrounding “Lord of the Forest” we… Read More

My friend and documentary filmmaker Paul Novy – icebergfilms.com and I are very excited to officially announce our upcoming documentary film showcasing Vancouver Island’s Mountain Lion. Nothing like this has ever been done before! As a part of our film, we would like to feature those who have had experiences or that have photographs and amateur video. Contact me directly at martin@mryer.com for more information.