Where to pick blackberries in Sooke:
- Behind and beside the thrift store, right beside the ambulance station
- Down toward the water off the roundabout, there’s a whole field for the picking
- By the Stickleback restaurant
- John Phillips park (old golf course)
- Across from the Jehovah Witness hall on Church Rd, at the public trail and field
- Behind John Muir School
- The trail off of Phillips Road that goes down to the river
While berry picking, occasionally scan your surroundings to check for bears, and rise slowly from your crouched position so you don’t startle any nearby bears. They may not recognize you as a human when you are in a crouched position
What to do if a bear approaches, do the following.
Make yourself as tall as possible, raising your hands to the sky.
Make a lot of noise to frighten the bear away. Bears are just as scared of you as you are of them. Yell at them, rattle bells, etc.
Most human/ bear altercations occur when we have surprised the bear, or have come between a mama and a cub. If you happen to find yourself between a mama and a cub, show the mama bear you are not a threat by finding an alternate route away from them.
Backing away slowly but steadily.
Do not try climbing a tree or swimming in water! Black bears can do both.
Wild Wise Sooke
A community program
- Wild Wise Sooke: Bears out in Sooke, full force!
- Wild Wise Sooke issues dire warning: clean up your trash or see more bear conflicts
- Preparing for hibernation season in bear country
- Preparation for hibernation puts bears on a massive calorie intake search
- Want fewer bears put down? Manage your garbage, pick your fruit!
- Increased bear sightings, what you need to know, and how to keep bears alive
- Bear sightings at Potholes, between parking lots 3 and 2
- Black bear wants some water play in Sunriver
- A sure sign of spring for residents of Sooke is the return of bears.
- Bear in Area signs emerge from hibernation
- Wild Wise Sooke presents falling numbers in Sooke
- Bear conflicts are on the rise
- Wild Wise Sooke reminds SUNRIVER residents to store garbage indoors and manage attractions
- Reminder from Wild Wise Sooke: Bears are emerging from the hills
- Be bear-wise in Sooke: Bear-proof your yard
- First bear destroyed, Wild Wise Sooke urges education
- Be Bear Wise: Wild Wise Sooke suggests spring cleaning, minimize attractants
- More cougar cautions for Sooke Potholes hiking area
- Good to Know: How to deal with a surprise encounter with a black bear
- A Bear’s Bill of Rights, from Wild Wise Sooke