Grizzly bears were seen throughout the day all over Elkford late last week and a hiker was bluff charged by a grizzly bear on the lost lake trail. Although there have been no sightings of the grizzly bears the last few days be prepared and expect to encounter wildlife anytime.
Between the start of 2014 and July 9 2017, there have been 26 128 Problem Wildlife Occurrence Reports (PWOR’s) regarding bears made to the Conservation Officer Hotline (RAPP) Report All Poachers and Polluters. 15 676 or 60% of the calls cited bears accessing garbage followed by 4 085 or 16% bears accessing fruit trees. It is obvious that garbage and fruit trees need better management.
Keeping garbage stored indoors until collection day and securing wildlife attractants is the best way to keep people safe, prevent property damage, and avoid the unnecessary killing of bears that come into conflict with people.
Bottom line: Garbage, birdseed and pet food etc. attracts bears to your property making it more likely for the bear to break into your home creating a safety risk for your family and a death sentence for the bear.
For more information on managing wildlife attractants go to https://wildsafebc.com/