Wild Wise Sooke is reminding people to take simple precautions this to prevent attracting black bears as they come out of the hills. Black bears are searching for other food sources, such as garbage and bird feed, and chickens. Manage these attractions as these attractions are drawing bears to the community.
“This week, we have had many complaints of bears in garbage in Sunriver,” says Debbie Read, Wild Wise Sooke, noting that the yellow Bear in Area signs can be seen throughout the community.
This week’s hotspots in Sunriver Estates include:
- Cedarview Pl,
- Woodlands Road,
- Willow Park Way, and
- Driftwood Drive.
Two years ago Wild Wise Sooke with the help of the EMCS Youth Council students canvassed over 600 homes in Sunriver, reminding the community to store garbage in a secure building and manage attractions like birdseed, pet food, greasy barbecues and compost. After the canvass, the community was proactive in managing attractions. The bear sightings in this neighbourhood decreased by 90%. This showed — and proved — that when attractions are not present, the bears are not interested in the community.
Please be reminded that Sunriver is a local hotspot for bears as forests and hills surround it. Sunriver residents need to be very diligent in keeping garbage in a secure building. This will keep the bears in the forest and out of the neighborhood.
Please respect the wildlife by following the attraction management plan.
Wild Wise Sooke warns that “feeding wildlife garbage, misplaced conceptions, perceptions, misinformation, and interaction” regarding wild animals can directly contribute to their death. Interference by people can change wildlife’s behavior causing wildlife to react unnaturally to their environment.
Be Bear Wise: Keep our community safe and wildlife wild.
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