Where are the bears?

Bear sightings across Kelowna are slightly down this year and conservation officers are pleased with encounters  so far.

North Okanagan conservation officer Terry Myroniuk said things are better this year, which surprised him.

“The reports we are getting is that bears have been getting into people’s garbages the last couple of nights, but we don’t seem to have as many bears in our town causing problems,” he said. “Significantly better than normal, which surprised me a little bit.

COs have speculated why there has been less bear conflicts this year and think it could be contributed to fruit.

“It was a pretty good berry crop this year and sometimes that will cause less conflicts in the fall. It could well be that,” said Myroniuk.

What concerns Myroniuk is that bears are still getting into garbages, which shouldn’t be happening.

“The calls we are getting is bears in garbage so people obviously still aren’t getting that,” he said. “Even though they are down it is unacceptable that bears are getting into people’s garbage. I shouldn’t be happening at all.”

Residents are reminded to keep garbages stored away where bears cannot get into them. If residents want more information they can visit this link.

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