A few bear sightings have been reported in Elk Valley and South Country communities. Bears are making their last attempt to fatten up before finding a den for the winter. Pumpkins are a bear attractant. If you don’t want a bear on your doorstep then consider bringing the pumpkins in at night or even better, keep pumpkins in the house displayed in the window.
When you send your kids out trick or treating remind them to: travel in groups, make noise and stay in well-lit areas on the main street.
If they see a bear, remind them to:
- STAY CALM
- DO NOT RUN
- Let the bear know you are human (arms out to side and talk to the bear in a calm voice).
- Back away slowly and allow the bear an escape route
- Never turn your back on wildlife
- Do not approach or feed wildlife
- Go to the nearest home and tell an adult there is a bear in the area.
Most Elk Valley and South Country children from kindergarten to grade 6 have attended a WildSafeBC presentation at school and have been taught how to respond to bear encounters.
After Halloween please dispose of pumpkins responsibly ASAP. Household garbage kept in a garage or shed or take the pumpkins to the transfer station.