Bears have also been reported all along 4th avenue in Fernie. As long as food (garbage, apples, compost) is available, bears will stay in town and not go into hibernation. Lock up garbage and bear proof your property, especially if you live by a school or a park and bears will move on.
Hibernation is a way for bears to conserve energy in the winter when food is in low supply. During a period called hyperphagia, bears prepare for hibernation by eating three times as much in the fall as they do in the summer. In the fall, bears need up to 20,000 calories per day (about 300 apples) to gain enough weight to get through the winter. In some areas, food-conditioned bears that are used to accessing human food, such as garbage, may not hibernate at all. Hibernation is an important survival strategy for bears in regions such as British Columbia where their main foods – green vegetation, berries, salmon and insects – are not available in winter.
Thank you for helping keep people safe and bears wild.
For more information on bear-proofing your property go to www.wildsafebc.com
Photo courtesy of Louise Williams