Juvenile bear getting into bird feeders on Highline Drive at Fernie Alpine Resort.

June 15th: a juvenile bear has been getting into bird feeders on Highline Drive at Fernie Alpine Resort.

Bear season is here which means it is time to bring in bird feeders and secure all other attractants (garbage, BBQ’s, pet food…) 1 pound of birdseed contains approximately 1700 calories, the average bird feeder will hold up to 6 pounds of bird seed.

It’s easy to understand why people food can be so appealing to a hungry bear biologically programmed to pack in as many calories as possible. It takes a bear many hours of foraging on natural foods to get the 12 000 plus calories it can down in five minutes at a bird feeder.