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Bears in the Area

August 30, 2016  |  News, Public Notices

Given the high black bear activity in the community, the Village of New Denver and WildSafeBC are urging residents to secure their attractants and give the bears that are travelling through the village lots of space.   Bears are attracted to a property or community by a food source.  Generally, if that food source is secured or removed, the bear will move on and not become habituated.   If a bear has become habituated to humans or food conditioned then the risk of human-wildlife conflict can increase.

Please learn these ways you can keep your neighbourhood safe and share the following with your neighbours:

Garbage

  • Store garbage in a secure building until collection day or consider purchasing a bear-resistant household container.
  • If you cannot store garbage securely, freeze smelly items and add to the bin only on the morning of collection.

Fruit

  • Pick fruit daily as it ripens. Do not allow windfall to accumulate on the ground.
  • Consider using electric fencing to protect your fruit trees.
  • If you no longer want to manage your tree, consider replacement with a native, non-fruit bearing variety.

Compost

  • The key to a healthy compost is ensuring equal amounts of brown and green materials.
  • Layer your greens, such as kitchen scraps and fresh grass clippings with no more than 10 cm of browns, such as dried leaves, grasses, shredded newspaper and cardboard.

 

  • Do not add fish, meat, fat, oils, un-rinsed eggshells or any cooked food.
  • Add oxygen by turning regularly.
  • Avoid overloading the compost in fruit season – freeze material and add gradually.

Pets and Pet Food

  • Feed pets indoors.
  • If pets are fed outside, ensure all food is cleaned up.
  • Store pet food in a secure location or in a bear-resistant bin.
  • Keep dogs on leash when walking them

Birdfeeders

  • Use bird feeders only in the winter when bears are hibernating and natural bird food is limited.
  • If you feed birds in bear season, consider the following steps to minimize your contribution to human-bear conflicts:
    • Take bird feeders in at night
    • Keep the ground underneath the feeders clean and free of bird seed
    • Fill your feeders regularly with just a small amount of feed – this will decrease the reward a bear would receive if it does get to your feeder

Bear safety tips:

If you see a bear and it doesn’t see you: slowly back away from the bear. If you have a dog with you make sure it is on a leash and remains quiet. Never turn and run.

If you see a bear and it sees you: Stop. Do not scream or run. If you have a dog make sure it is leashed and not barking. Take a step backwards. Do not stare directly at the bear – the bear may see this as an act of aggression. If the bear does not approach, slowly back out of the area and give the bear plenty of space. If the bear follows you – stop and speak in a low calm voice. When the bear stops – continue to back away.

Report all encounters to 1-877-952-7277.

The vast majority of bear encounters end with the bear leaving. In the rare case when the bear does approach or even more rarely when it attacks it is important that you know how to react.  Watch the “Staying Safe in Bear Country” video to get the full story on how best to survive a human-bear encounter.

Think about what the long term outcomes could be from your present interactions with wildlife.  Do not gather around bears or stop for photos, if you observe this happening please encourage people to move out of the area.  For more information on attractant management and bear safety go to www.wildsafebc.com or call your WildSafeBC Community Coordinator at 250-354-8120 or email newdenver@wildsafebc.com.