Bear Buzz, October 29

Where the bears are being spotted and what to do to prevent interaction

  • Oct. 29, 2014 8:00 p.m.

Hungry bears are searching for food wherever they can find it.

Bears have an extremely good sense of smell and can smell food from over a kilometer away.

Because bears need such great stores of fat to make it through the winter they are voracious eaters and can consume over 20,000 calories a day. This phase of intense eating is called hyperphagia.

The best way to avoid conflict is to: keep bears from becoming food-conditioned and from becoming human habituated.

Recent Bear Sighting

• Glenidle and Kaltasin Road

Black Bears have been accessing unsecure garbage bins at several condominium complexes. Working together, Strata Management, Conservation Services and Sooke Disposal, bear resistant bins have been ordered to prevent wildlife from accessing a food source. These, preventative measures are an example and encourage communities, businesses, and individuals to work together. The goal is to address the root causes of human/bear conflicts, thereby reducing the risks to human safety and private property.

• Otter Point Area- fruit trees that are not protected by an electric fence are attracting Bears.

• Townsend Road Area- Sow and Cub attracted to area by garbage.

• Woodlands Area- Bear in Garbage left outside.

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