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A Bear’s Bill of Rights
A bear has the right to expect that you will:
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- Be an educated resident of bear country and be willing to accommodate the needs of bears into your lifestyle and daily habits
- Have realistic expectations about living in bear country; to realize that is unacceptable to attract bears to your property with improperly stored garbage, recycling, bird feeders, smelly compost, and barbecue grease among other enticing non-natural attractants
- Set aside the necessary time to properly dispose of your garbage; clean your barbecue; and pick ripe fruit from your trees
- Take responsibility for your actions in a bear’s habitat while hiking and camping
- Be aware that you share roads and pathways with bears as well as other wildlife and give wildlife the right-of-way
- Provide a healthy, unpolluted environment for bears to live in;
- Leave places where bears can forage, raise their families and find dens.
by Debbie Read, Wild Wise Sooke