–by Samantha Webb, Wild Wise Sooke
It has become increasingly important to manage our attractants in Sooke. We are so lucky to live so close to nature, but we must do so in a responsible manner in order to coexist with our wild neighbours.
There are a few “hot spots” in Sooke in which bear behaviour has become unnaturally bold. This is due to repeated exposure to unnatural stimuli (such as access to unsecured garbage). These bears are at risk at becoming habituated and this can be prevented by responsible attraction management.
Current “hot spots” include:
- Sooke River Road/Kirby Road area
- Muir Creek/beach area
- West Coast Road/Carpenter area
Residents are urged to:
- Keep a tidy yard and campsite
- Keep dogs on leashes
- Keep livestock contained within an electric fence
- Hike in a group and make noise whenever possible to alert bear of your presence and avoid startling bear
- Do not feed wildlife
- If you find a deceased animal, stay clear as predator like bear or cougar may be nearby
- Secure your trash in a garage or shed until the morning of collection
- Avoid odours that may attract bears and consider freezing organic matters
- Clean Barbecue after every use
- Avoid using bird feeders during bear season (April – November)
- Thoroughly rinse recycling before putting out to the road for collection
- Watch for our Bear in Area signs
- Report sightings to Wild Wise at: Wildwise123@gmail.com
By being responsible neighbours, we can reduce human-wildlife conflicts and keep our community safe and our bears wild. Please do your part to reduce habituation.
Samantha Webb, BSc, RVT, WR
Wild Wise Community Coordinator
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