A black bear with an orange ear tag from Alberta has been seen in Elkford. Relocation seldom works with bears. Individuals often return to their original home or become “problem” animals in other communities and even provinces in this case. In addition, translocated wildlife often fail to adapt to their new habitat and, as a result, may starve to death or be killed by the animals that already occupy the area.
Removing bears (relocation or destruction) is not the answer. The only proven effective way of preventing human-wildlife conflict is the responsible management of garbage, fruit, BBQ’s and other attractants. Thank you for bear-proofing your property, complying with bylaws and helping keep wildlife wild and your neighborhood safe.