Bear destroyed in Naramata

A small brown bear that was showing up during the daytime and getting into garbage was destroyed in Naramata on Wednesday.

According to Zoe Kirk, RDOS WildSafe BC community coordinator, they had been tracking the little bear for several days because of the way it was acting.

"It's behaviour was not bear-like and it was very unhealthy looking," she said.

After receiving a number of calls about the bear, conservation officer Jim Beck was going to set a trap.

As he was on his way to do that, Wednesday, he received information the bear was on a porch and trying to get into a house in the vicinity of Manitou Park, said Kirk.

He managed to find the bear and subsequently destroy it, she said.

In this case the bear did not look very old and was likely desperate to find food.

To avoid bear/human confrontations. WildSafe BC offers these tips:

  • Keep garbage secure and place to the curb on the morning of pick-up
  • Bird feeders should be cleaned and stored for the summer, as bears can climb trees and knock down poles to get at it.
  • A bird feeder could provide 5,000 calories a day for a bear.
  • Peanuts and larger foodstuffs scattered on the porch or lawn for blue jays and peacocks are super-attractants. They place you and your neighbours in potential conflict situations, especially if you live close to or on a bear/wildlife corridor.
  • Pet food should not be left on the porch overnight


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