Some Colfax students have won an award in the Department of Fish and Game’s first-ever “Bear Aware” Youth Film Contest for high school students. Teams from Lodi, Roseville, and Colfax Won Top Honors. The team of Colfax High School environmental studies students took 3rd place with students – Amanda Schafer, Maryssa DeVille and Erin Bresnahan.
“It was a lot of fun. My little sister was the one who was in the bear costume. So for her to be part of this was a lot of fun for her to be on Youtube and everything. It was a lot of fun. It was a lot of hard work. We were left mainly to our own devices to figure out how to record and edit our videos. We were actually one of the few who shot our own footage. It was a lot of fun to come up with an idea and see it all come together in the end.”
The “Bear Aware” Film Contest was the first step in a larger public outreach campaign to raise awareness about the importance of securing food and trash while in black bear habitat. Once bears become habituated to human food and trash they lose their natural ways and often must be killed. The students’ public services announcements, which were targeted at residents and visitors of the Lake Tahoe Basin, will be broadcast throughout northern California as part of the campaign.