The Bear Aware/Community Ecogarden Apple Exchange connects people who want or have apples. Did you know that more than 300 properties in Fernie have apple trees! Check out the online apple exchange www.ecogarden.ca to list your tree or find trees that need to be picked. Let’s work together to feed families, not bears. If you have Fernie apples and want to press them into juice, Wildsight has an apple press available to the community in exchange for a donation. Drop by the Wildsight Office on 2nd avenue, call 250-423-2222 or go to http://www.ecogarden.ca/node/1693
Carelessly stored garbage and apple trees are the root causes of bear human conflict in Fernie. What is the problem with bear’s eating apples? Apples are a fine food source for bears. They are very similar to many natural foods that bears normally eat. The problem is that most apple trees are located in people’s yards. Bears are natural scavengers, have great memories, a keen sense of smell and will remember an easy food source. Carelessly stored garbage, birdfeeders, dirty BBQ’s and fruit trees are open invitations to bears.
Fernie apples are ripe and bears are passing through town in search for easy food sources. . Owning a fruit tree in bear country is a big responsibility. Pick fruit daily as it ripens or pick it before it ripens if you don’t intend on using it and don’t allow fruit to accumulate on the ground. Pruning your fruit trees will result in a better and more manageable quality of fruit. Consult your local arborist. Dispose of excess apples responsibly, take them to the compost bin at the transfer station, it is free!