Bear aware message from RDCO
Aug 26, 2013 / 10:30 am
Like it or not, summer is coming to an end. That means the fruit is ripening, Kokanee salmon are spawning and bear activity is increasing as the animals make their journey down into the valley from higher elevations.
The Central Okanagan Regional District would like to remind residents that visitors can encounter wildlife at any time and people need to stay vigilant with their bear awareness.
There has already been evidence of bear activity at the Mission Creek Geeenway, in Mission Creek, Scenic Canyon and Hardy Falls Regional Parks. They’re also known to frequent other more natural regional parks like Woodhaven Nature Conservancy, Mill Creek, Bertram Creek, John’s Family Nature Conservancy, Kalamoir, Glen Canyon and Rose Valley.
“Our parks staff and visitors start seeing more bears in some of our Regional Parks at this time of year. As sightings increase, we post signs advising that the animals may be active in the area,” says RDCO Communications Officer Bruce Smith.
“To reduce your chance of encountering a bear, you should travel in a group, make noise or carry something that makes noise. During the fish-spawning season in the fall, park visitors may encounter bears along local creeks and rivers, because the Kokanee are a plentiful food source. Please be aware that bears fishing for food may not hear you over the noise of the creek water. If you see a bear, give it plenty of space and stay well away from it.”
Bears can be aggressive, especially when defending their food or their cubs. Dog owners are reminded when in Regional Parks that their pets must be leashed and kept on trails at all times. It’s not only the law, but will help avoid any potentially serious wildlife encounter.
Residents are asked to secure their garbage and only wheel it out the morning of the regular curbside collection to help reduce the potential temptation for bears or other wildlife.
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