Bears spotted at Otter Point and Helgesen Roads in Sooke.

If you don’t want to attract bears…

Some helpful hints on how to avoid human/bear interactions

  • Oct. 16, 2013 7:00 p.m.

Manage your attractants:

1. Keep all garbage securely stores until collection day.

2. Manage your fruit trees and berry bushes responsibly. Pick all fruit as it ripens and ensure windfalls do not accumulate.

3. Bird feeders often become bear feeders. Feed birds only in the winter months.

4. Feed pets indoors, or if fed outdoors, take in any feed that is not immediately eaten.

5. Keep your barbecue clean and free from odours. Burn off the grill after every use and clean out the grease traps.

6. Manage your compost properly. Composts should have equal amounts of brown and green materials added to reduce odors.

7. If you keep chickens, bees or small livestock use a properly installed and maintained electric fence. Store all your feed in a secure location and ensure feeding areas are clean and free of attractants.

Bear safety tips:

When hiking, travel in groups or two or more and keep talking (talk out loud to yourself if you are on your own).

Carry bear spray with you when hiking in bear country. If you encounter a bear do not yell, scream or run as this may trigger an attack. If the bear sees you, speak in a low voice to let the bear know that you are human and move away slowly.

If you have a bear in your yard, retreat into the house and ensure that the home is secure. Call the Conservation Officer Service reporting line: 1-877-952-7277 to report the bear.

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