Black bears will be the centre of attraction at the first-ever Sooke Bear Day.

Wild Wise hosting Sooke Bear Day

Wild Wise coordinator Debbie Read and conservation officers will present talks and field questions.

Sooke is one of Western Canada’s leading black bear hot spots.

Continuing its education campaign as a new season heats up, Wild Wise Sooke is presenting the first Sooke Bear Day at SEAPARC Leisure Complex on Sunday (May 15), from noon to 3 p.m.

Wild Wise coordinator Debbie Read and conservation officers will present talks and field questions. Displays, children-friendly activities and information on bear-smart strategies for homeowners is also planned.

Food and drink will be available from the Sooke Harbourside Lions.

Read will kick things off at noon with the first of her three discussions about how residents can best ensure that black bears stay wild and Sooke neighbourhoods safe.

Poor household garbage storage is by far the top reason bears stop their traditional foraging routines and instead seek tastier, quick-fix calorie boosts from trash cans, compost bins, pet-food storage, birdfeeders and barbecues, Read said.

Conservation officers will step up from 1 to 2 p.m. to offer insights into the challenging realities of life on the front lines of wildlife management.

Talking points will include the roles and responsibilities of conservation officers; popular misconceptions about wildlife in Sooke; how and when to report bear and cougar sightings through the RAPP line; local and provincial laws and procedures for wildlife conflicts; safety tips when confronted with wild animals; and the complicated, emotionally charged process of dealing with fully habituated problem bears.

For more information, please go online to wildwisesooke.com or Facebook at facebook.com/wildwisesooke.

 

Just Posted

RCMP ask for public’s help to determine cause of weekend fire

RCMP are investigating the cause of the South Island Concrete fire

Whitecaps favourite switches to the Island

Marcel de Jong worked to end Whitecaps contract, joining Pacific FC on the ground floor

VicPD seeks person of interest after short-term rental ransacked

Combined losses for damage and theft are over $5,000

B.C. BUDGET: Surplus $374 million after bailouts of BC Hydro, ICBC

Growth projected stronger in 2020, Finance Minister Carole James says

One arrested, weapons and drugs seized in Sooke bust

During the Feb. 6 raid, police found firearms, ammunition, drugs, and brass knuckles

VIDEO: 8 things you need to know about the 2019 B.C. budget

Surplus of $247 million with spending on children, affordability and infrastructure

‘Bullet missed me by an inch’: Man recounts friend’s killing at Kamloops hotel

Penticton man witnessed Summerland resident Rex Gill’s murder in Kamloops

B.C. BUDGET: Income assistance raise still leaves many below poverty line

$50 per month increase included in funding for poverty and homelessness reduction

B.C. BUDGET: Indigenous communities promised billions from gambling

Extended family caregiver pay up 75 per cent to keep kids with relatives

B.C. BUDGET: New benefit increases family tax credits up to 96 per cent

BC Child Opportunity Benefit part of province’s efforts to reduce child poverty

B.C. BUDGET: Carbon tax boosts low-income credits, electric vehicle subsidies

Homeowners can get up to $14,000 for heating, insulation upgrades

B.C. man survives heart attack thanks to Facebook

A Princeton man suffered a heart attack while at an isolated property with no cell service

B.C. man sues Maxime Bernier’s People’s Party over trademark

Satinder Dhillon filed application for trademark same day Maxime Bernier announced the new party

Greater Victoria Wanted List for the week of Feb. 19

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers is seeking the public’s help in locating the… Continue reading

Most Read