“Bear calls on an upswing after a ‘good’ start to the year.”

Even though bear related calls are down on average across the province in comparison to last year, WildSafeBC warns residents that the active fall season is about to heat up with regards to human-bear conflicts.
“We’re down about 20% province-wide in terms of bear related calls to the Conservation Officer Service Reporting line,” says Frank Ritcey, Provincial Coordinator of the WildSafeBC program, ”However, that could all change with the fall season. Natural forage has been good with a long wet spring but the dry hot summer could have reduced the availability of natural foods.”
Bears are entering a phase of their yearly cycle called “hyperphagia” a time when they can take in up to 20,000 calories in a single day. It is during this period that they create great stores of fat to make it through their winter hibernation period.
“Garbage, unpicked fruit, bird feeders, pet food, outdoor freezers, and small livestock all become targets for the bears,” warns Ritcey. “Preventing bears from accessing these attractants will help to keep the wildlife wild and our communities safe.”
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