Sooke Wild Wise is reporting that bear sightings are up in Sooke.
by Debbie Read, Wild Wise Sooke
Bear sighting have increased in the last few weeks.
Bear sightings aren’t uncommon, the number so far this year is not unusual. But the last few weeks bear sighting have really high and increased.
“We don’t really like to see bears out in neighbourhoods,” says Debb Read of Wild Wise Sooke. “We are looking for help from the community to keep wildlife wild and our community safe.”
While we cannot prevent all conflict, there is a lot of room for improvement! We all know that people and bears are incompatible in our towns and understand that bears are easily attracted to food sources. Therefore, we need to take some very basic steps to prevent the bears from being drawn into conflict with us.
Is your residence area free of food odors that may attract a hungry bear’s attention? Garbage, bird food, pet food, fruit trees, and outdoor grills are the most common bear invitations.
Store garbage containers indoors! Outside storage is not proper storage.
Wild wise Sooke is about finding ways to making everyone safer in our communities. We can do better job of managing the things that attract bears, like garbage, fruit trees, compost and bird feeders, to name just a few. With an open mind and a little effort we can make our communities much more bear-resistant. All we need to do is to ensure that bears are not rewarded for boldly foraging in our neighbourhoods.
The Solution is Prevention
Our fruit trees are ripe and the streams are low this year. We are anticipating a high volume of bears will be seeking alternate food sources in the next month and wildlife conflict situations will increase.
[sam id=”15″ codes=”true”]Communities where attractants are managed properly have seen a decline in related human-wildlife conflicts, and in the number of animals that have to be destroyed.
The most effective and natural way to reduce human-wildlife interaction is to properly manage food attractants such as garbage, and fruit trees, so they are not accessible to wildlife.
“We live here because it’s and there’s lots of nature and wildlife and we have to respect that,” said Read. For more information, visit our new webpage www.wildwisesooke.com we have posted information for proper electric fencing solutions and attraction management. Check out the Facebook page at Wildwisesooke for recent sighting in Sooke
To change the behavior of bears, we must first change our own. Don’t wait until you have a problem to do something about it. It is our responsibility if we choose to live in bear country to learn how to live with bears.
NOTE: * Relocating wildlife is neither viable nor a long-term solution in managing these kinds of conflicts. Often, relocated wildlife will return to conflict situations or will not survive competing with already established populations.
“We can all “keep wildlife wild and our community safe.”
Debbie Read – Wild Wise Sooke Community Coordinator
Report human-bear conflicts to the Conservation Officer Service’s toll-free RAPP line (1-877-952-7277).
- The Wild Wise Sooke website is your local wildlife information resource
- Sooke Daily Gem Debb Read September 3, 2015
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- The Wild Wise Sooke website is your local wildlife information resource August 2, 2015
- BC RCMP issue reminder about bear safety July 17, 2015
- Bear killed near Francis Gardens in Sooke July 5, 2015
- The First Destroyed Bear of the Season June 22, 2015
- Effectively managing the new Kitchen Scraps Program, without attracting bears June 18, 2015
- UNSECURED CHICKENS …causing a problem for Bears in Sooke June 16, 2015
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- Free workshops on composting table scraps while NOT attracting bears (or rats) June 3, 2015