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Bear wanders Spallumcheen

A food-conditioned bear was spotted three times in Spallumcheen on Friday.

One report had the bear at the grounds of Len Wood Middle School during the noon hour. The other sightings were on Pheasant Ridge Drive east of the school.

While only one sighting was tied directly to garbage, WildSafe BC reminds residents to practise bear-safe techniques.

  • Keep your garbage in or secured until the day of collection. Garbage is the number one attractant cited in reports to the provincial hotline.
  • Manage your fruit trees: Don’t let windfalls accumulate and pick fruit as it ripens. If you don’t want the fruit, consider: accessing a fruit gleaning group in your community, washing the blossoms off in the spring so the fruit doesn’t set, or replacing the tree with a non-fruit bearing variety.
  • Don’t put out bird feeders when bears are active: A kilo of bird seed has approximately 8,000 calories and is a great reward for a hungry bear.
  • Keep your compost working properly with lots of brown materials and a regular schedule of turning.
  • If you have livestock or backyard chickens use a properly installed and maintained electric fence to keep bears and livestock apart.


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