Vernon and North Okanagan
Hungry bears are back
Sep 21, 2013 / 8:38 am
Due to an increasing number of bear complaints reported to the Conservation Officer Service this fall, the District of Coldstream is reminding residents of what they can do to stay safe and avoid necessitating destruction of black bears.
Bears are preparing for hibernation and need to consume a substantial amount of calories until mid-November. If bears access those calories through human-provided food such as garbage, fruit trees and bird food, they become habituated to humans and often must be destroyed because they are a public safety risk.
Habituated bears can’t be relocated because the bears return to the same neighbourhood, become a problem in another neighbourhood or struggle to survive and compete for food in another bear’s territory and often starve to death.
Prevention is the best strategy to keep the communities safe and bears wild:
- Keep all garbage securely stored inside until the morning of collection day. Garbage is the #1 reason bears have to be destroyed.
- Pick all ripe fruit and clean up under fruit trees on a daily basis.
- Never approach or feed wildlife.
- Clean BBQs after each use by burning off any food residue and emptying the grease catcher.
If you encounter aggressive or dangerous wildlife, call the Conservation Officer Service reporting line at 1-877-952-7277.
The Conservation Officer Service is also recommending the purchase and use of bear-resistant containers in the areas that have repeatedly experienced bear problems.
This website lists suppliers for these containers as well as additional information on attractant management.
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