October has arrived, there are far fewer berries in the forest now, and hungry bears are looking for food. This is typically the busiest month of the year for bear reports in Sooke. Be diligent in securing attractants. A general approach to reducing human-wildlife conflicts where you live is to go over in your mind: Is there something that is bringing the wildlife into my living space?
Church Road: Removing garbage from cans left outside.
Otter Point Ridge: Unpicked fruit attracted a bear that also damaged trees in a backyard orchard.
Sooke River Road and area: Bears eating garbage and breaking a fence frightening unprotected livestock.
Callisto Road: Accessing garbage from a wooden box.
Dixon Road: Attracted by garbage and apples trees.
Alderbrook: A sow and two cubs accessing food source are not inclined to move on.
Jordan River- Unsecured garden and smells attract a bear to rural property.
We create so many attractants and opportunities for wildlife to get into conflict with us.
Store garbage in a secure building until collection day; pick fruit, as it ripens. Do not allow fruit to accumulate on the ground. Consider using electric fencing to protect your fruit trees, livestock, and chickens.