Wildlife conflict calls already soaring in BC

It didn’t take long – from April 1 to 23, the BC Conservation Officer Service logged 300 calls regarding human-wildlife conflict. And the cause of most of these conflicts will be humans leaving out food that attracts bears.

Larry Pynn of the Vancouver Sun wrote that “last year, officers fieldedmore than15,000 human-wildlife complaints.”

“Bears are emerging from their dens and searching for food,” the Sun quoted conservation service Deputy Chief Chris Doyle as saying at a news conference. “It’s really important at this time of year … to contain attractants.”

Some basic ways to remove attractants include:

  • cleaning up yards
  • removing fallen fruits
  • keeping pet food indoors
  • using hard-sided, wildlife-proof garbage containers

Other attractants that may not be as obvious but during this season of exploring can be encouraging bears to come closer to your home include dirty barbecues or grease traps, citronella sprays and candles, and bird feeders.

The Get Bear Smart Society has an in-depth list of attractants and how to manage them at bearsmart.com.

Bears are learning to live around us. Isn’t it fair that we learn to live around them?

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