Fall is a very busy season for bears. As they prepare for their winter slumber, they enter a state of hyperphagia (meaning they eat, and eat, and eat!). This can lead to conflicts with humans due to their determined and naturally driven desire to find food. Things like garbage, livestock, and fruit trees are some of the main bear attractants and efficiently managing them can help our community coexist with bears.
Wild Wise is hosting an educational workshop this weekend on managing attractants, coexisting with local wildlife, and the use of electric fencing. We have some amazing experts lined up to present, answer questions and even provide an electric fence demonstration!
This event will be at the Shirley Community Hall on Saturday, October 2 from 1 -3 pm, it is open to all ages and experience levels and will be a COVID-safe event with masks and hand sanitation.
Wild Wise volunteers will be discussing the importance of effectively managing attractants, especially in the fall and fruit seasons.
We also have special guest speakers Jeff Marley, Margo Supplies, Amanda Ross, and Nitya Harris, Coexisting with Carnivores Alliance to provide eclectic fencing presentation and demonstration. We are grateful to be able to host this event sponsored by The BC Fish and Wildlife Compensation Program.
This event is not one to miss, see you there!
Samantha Webb, BSc, RVT, WR
Wild Wise President