This bear trap was set up in the Phillips Road area where a bear was attracted to chickens.

Bear safe approach is best

Removing attractants first way to reduce bear/human conflicts

Careful management of bear attractants is the first and most important step in controlling “bear problems,” as bears are motivated by hunger, not malice.

By the time we recognize our mistakes, it is often too late for the bear.

Sooke weekly hot spots:

Philips Road, Whiffin Spit, Sooke River Road.

Several black bears have been spotted in these residential areas, foraging for garbage.  This is a learned behaviour that threatens the safety of both the bears and the residents of that community.

Solution:

What should I do if there is a bear in my yard ?

First, ask yourself what has attracted the bear to your yard?

Second, call the Conservation officer Service at 1-877-952-7277.

Do not let the bear feel comfortable in your yard. If you are concerned about confronting the bear, make a loud, preferably low frequency, noise (e.g. bang pots together) from the safety of your house.

A bear in your yard should never be a welcome sight. You must take quick action to eliminate attractants after the bear is gone. A bear that finds food once is likely to return to that spot. A returning bear will learn that the food is no longer available and will seek a meal elsewhere if you eliminate the food source.

Check out the following link for ways to manage your attractants

http://www.wildsafebc.com/species/black-bears.

Store garbage in a secure building, until collection day and manage attractants like bird feeders, pet food, coolers and outside freezers.

Debbie Read WildsafeBC – Coordinator CRD Region

 

 

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