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  1. Do they only kill them if they have attacked or tried to attack or just every one that’s reported? Also because of the dry conditions leading to not enough water in the rivers mean no fish for them. IMO this is causing them to seek other food sources. The RCMP waited 45 minutes for the bear to suffer. Why didn’t they go & put it out of its misery?!

  2. I really wish someone would explain to me why we have no bylaws about leaving unsecure garbage out. I have a neighbor who puts her garbage out every wednesday night, around dinner time, for thursday afternoon pick-up, 2 cans, no lids and at least 2 bags on the ground. She has been spoken to on several occasions about this by Sooke officials, yet doesn’t seem to care, maybe if she had to pay a huge fine, or if sooke disposal refused to pick up her garbage, she may change her mind..(hint…there are two schools on our street) Today her garbage wasn’t picked up until around 5:30 pm, that’s a 12 hour buffet for the bears!! I really don’t want to hear about a child being mauled on his/her way to school or another bear shot because of human ignorance!!!.

  3. BYLAW information, from the District of Sooke

    “51.1 Except for bird feeders, no person shall provide any wildlife with food either directly or by leaving or placing in, on or about land or premises any food, food waste, or other material that is or is likely to be attractive to wildlife for the purpose of feeding those animals, other than a Conservation Officer acting in the performance of his or her duties, or a person acting under the direction of or with the permission of a Conservation Officer. (added by Bylaw No. 617 May 25, 2015)”

    See here: http://sooke.ca/wp-content/uploads/392-Animal-Reg-2015-May-27.pdf

    My reading of this is that putting the garbage out the night before may well be a violation of this bylaw, depending on the container, the location, etc.

    Again from the DoS website: “Please direct all animal control related questions to the CRD Animal Control at 250-478-0624.”

    Call the District, and keep us posted!

    -Britt, SPN

    • Thanks for posting this….however, when we called our Sooke office, all they did was to leave Bear awareness pamphets on their door!! We have even gone to the extent of taking pictures and sending them to our mayor!! nothing ever gets done…I will call the CRD in Langford tomorrow, maybe they care!

  4. I’ve stated month after month on several sites stop feeding the wildlife even the deer it is illegal and do no good for them. The forest dried up severely this year and they are forced lower to find food. We live amongst these animals every year, sometimes you see them sometimes not but they’ll move on soon as winter rolls in and well be on here in a years times talking about it as people don’t learn to clean and keep there garbage locked up. With these animals being low keep.in mind the people that live with forest in there backyards there’s the wolves and cougar. So keep an eye on your pets. A Co worker awoke in the night around 17 mile the the censor light coming on a there is what looked like a wolf going through the yard. They will lure your pets in to the bush with the females and the others will await so be aware

  5. BYLAW information, from the District of Sooke

    “51.1 Except for bird feeders, no person shall provide any wildlife with food either directly or by leaving or placing in, on or about land or premises any food, food waste, or other material that is or is likely to be attractive to wildlife for the purpose of feeding those animals…….

    Ah! right. So placing food scraps out on the roadside all over Sooke every couple of weeks, in ‘bear friendly’ plastic containers, is OK then? Maybe the CRD might wish to answer that one!

  6. BYLAW information, from the District of Sooke

    “51.1 Except for bird feeders, no person shall provide any wildlife with food either directly or by leaving or placing in, on or about land or premises any food, food waste, or other material that is or is likely to be attractive to wildlife for the purpose of feeding those animals…….

    Ah! right. So placing food scraps out on the roadside all over Sooke every couple of weeks, in ‘bear friendly’ plastic containers, is OK then? Maybe the CRD might wish to answer that one!

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