Attractants (apple trees, outdoor freezer and garbage) lured a bear into a neighborhood in Elko and resulted in property damage, a boy getting bluff charged and the bear destroyed. The apple trees in the area have now been cleaned up and some cut down. In West Fernie a dog was knocked down by a bear under a carport. There were no attractants on this property, the bear was attracted by apple trees and unsecured garbage in the neighborhood.
You may be comfortable with bears in your yard, but what about your neighbours, their kids and pets? It is an offence in BC to provide food to wildlife. It is everyone’s responsibility to bear proof their property and take due care and diligence when you choose to live in bear country. Start with bear proofing your own property, talk to your neighbours and get them and/or help them do the same. Report all violators to the Conservation Officer RAPP line (report all poachers and polluters) on 1-877-952-7277 and/or call your local bylaw officer.
A lack of natural food sources, wildfires and smoke are driving bears out of their habitat and into communities across BC. Be prepared, bears are likely to become bolder in their search for food as they need to fatten up before going into hibernation later this fall (typically November).
Bottom line, bear proof your property and be prepared to encounter bears anytime.
Bears reported in West Fernie, Stanford Inn, Fernie Mobile Home Park, Annex Park, Elkview Drive, James White Park, 4th street and 4th avenue, River dike trail, Coal discovery Trail, Cemetery Bypass Trail, Eco Terrorist trail and White Spruce Mobile Home Park on Dicken road.
Bears reported by the campground, Causeway Bay Hotel, Mountain View Mobile Home Park, Red Cedar Drive, Michel Creek road and the compost site behind the fire hall.
Bear reported accessing apple trees, outdoor freezers, causing property damage to a trailer, bluff charging a boy and being destroyed at the mobile home park behind the gas station.
Bears reported feeding on fruit trees (apple, pear and plum) on rural properties.
Bears reported by the Jaffray Seniors Centre
Bears reported accessing garbage on Cassiar Drive, sightings reported on Fording Drive and Balmer Place. Contact the district if you don’t have a garage or shed to store garbage, they have bear resistant containers available for residents who meet the above criteria.
Never Approach or Feed Wildlife
Report human/wildlife conflict to 1-877-952-7277(RAPP) or #7277 on cell.
For more information on preventing human/wildlife conflict visit www.wildsafebc.com